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Tammy Hall: Divine Piano

Tammy Hall
Tammy Hall

Pianist Tammy Hall has spent the past decade as one of the Northern California’s most sought-after accom-panists, providing soulful support for many of the region’s best jazz and blues singers. With Blue Divine, her new release on the Elfenworks label, Hall is stepping forward as a leader in her own right, and she’s clearly ready. Working mostly in a quartet format with bassist Marcus Shelby, drummer Kent Bryson and percussionist Michaelle Goerlitz, Hall delivers nine well-crafted originals and a ravishing version of Jobim’s “Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Voce.” What stands out most is her compelling lyricism. Possessing an uncluttered, telegraphic style marked by her classical training and deep roots in gospel, Hall combines elegance and grit.

That enticing blend of soul and precision is what’s made her so invaluable to vocalists such as Etta Jones, Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier, Rhonda Benin, Linda Tillery, Frankye Kelly, Veronica Klaus, Brenda Boykin and Debbie DeCoudreaux, who have all availed themselves of her keyboard services. After so many years as a sidewoman, Hall decided the time was right to make her own statement.

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