V.S.O.P. #110 STEPHANIE NAKASIAN: LULLABY IN RHYTHM
Stephanie Nakasian (vocals), Harry Allen (tenor sax), John Jensen (trombone), Hod O'Brien (piano), Larry Eanet (piano)*, Steve Gilmore (bass), Chuck Riggs (drums).
This third release by Stephanie Nakasian on V.S.O.P. RECORDS is a tribute to June Christy. The CD contains 17 selections and almost 74 minutes of recorded music. As with every other recording that Stephanie has made, the choice of material is impeccable. This is the first tribute to Stan Kenton's legendary vocalist, but probably not the last. The CD project was the direct upshot of a concert at Newport Beach in 1999, where Stephanie Nakasian was invited to perform the June Christy vocals with the Pete Rugolo Orchestra. After this memorable collaboration, Stephanie conceived of this recording and put together her band with all-star JAZZ musicians Hod O'Brien, Harry Allen, Steve Gilmore, and Chuck Rigg. The intent was not to imitate June Christy or the great Pete Rugolo charts, but rather to capture the essence and feel of June's interpretations as performed and recorded during her lifetime. Many lesser known selections are included. This is an excellent program, done very skillfully and intelligently. A very fine CD.
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