Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
A Must Have - Not out of Print
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's a shame some large music chains make it seem impossible to get the work of this outstanding jazz artist. Judy Carmichael has been recording since the early 1980's and has released at least 6 CD's, this one being from the mid 1990's. As it is with many small jazz labels the larger chains don't seem to always hold her product in stock and instead of admitting that they just don't stock it, they claim it is unavailable. This recording IS available ( I just bought it) and you shouldn't be deterred from the sheer enjoyment of listening to it simply because you'll have a little trouble getting your hands on it. I suggest you try Judy Carmichael's web site for more info.This CD may be named for Judy herself or the "Judy" title might be inspired by the wonderful Hoagy Carmichael tune covered here by Ms. Carmichael. Either way it's a fantastic recording. Judy is backed up on this CD by the Charlie Christian inspired guitar player (and frequent Carmichael sideman) Chris Flory. Mr. Flory joins her on most of the tunes and while his playing adds some additional layers to the magical notes coming from the piano he is also subtle enough that at times this CD almost comes off as a solo piano job. From beginning to end Carmichael offers us a very rich and inspired trip into her own eclectic world of jazz piano. Eclectic only because who else would give us Ja Da, Lazy River and It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing all on one CD? And what other jazz pianist today would be able to give them all such a fresh interpretation?! The bouncing excitement of When I Take My Sugar to Tea turns to a thrilling pounding in a very interesting interpretation of the Rodgers and Hart tune Blue Room and Henderson Stomps makes you want to, well, just jump to your feet and stomp!! We also get to hear Carmichael re-do one of the first tunes she ever recorded, the stride classic Alligator Crawl. The time between her first recording of this tune and this CD has allowed Carmichael to mature and grow as an artist but you can still tell that Fats Waller found his way into this woman's soul from the beginning and has stayed there throughout her career. Dr. Jazz, Sweet Sue, Do Nothing Till you Hear From me and Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You all get special treatment from Carmichael on this classic jazz piano CD. If you really enjoy jazz or just want to hear some very special feel good music you must check out "Judy"."