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Tatiana Mayfield Quintet & the Erskine Hawkins Band: From All Directions

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Fresh out of the University of North Texas music department, Ms Mayfield makes quite a splash with her debut album. Sounding more like a veteran than an ingénue, the 22-year old displays confidence bordering on swagger as she fearlessly tackles jazz standards like “Cottontail” and “There Will Never Be Another You” and breathes new life into “Peel Me A Grape” and “Baubles, Bangles and Beads.” Tatiana possesses a highly flexible voice that is warm and full-bodied in the low register, yet can pierce the stratosphere without need for falsetto. She hears all changes, scats with total confidence, and regardless of speed, her diction and intonation never falter.

Check “West Coast Blues,” an infectious jazz waltz, thanks to guitarist David Abrams’ simple but effective intro; Mayfield’s sassy scat; and above all, Erskine Hawkins’ comping and solo.

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