Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
She Waited for Me, and I'm Glad She Did
Gary L Connely | Hercules, CA | 08/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""I Waited for You." Well, I guess she did, because it's been 10 years since Mary Stallings recorded this excellent album of standards and nobody has reviewed it yet. So....
Mary Stallings is a great example of an all too common situation in jazz: A great talent that has been ignored by almost everybody. Notwithstanding the fact that Ms Stallings cut her first record more than 40 years ago; has sung and toured with the likes of Cal Tjader, Billy Eckstine and Dizzy Gillespie; did a three year stint as the Count Basie Orchestra's "girl-singer;" and been acclaimed by no less than the New York Times as "... the best jazz singer alive today" - utter Ms Stallings' name in polite company and you are almost sure to get blank looks. In fact, people are more likely to have heard of, and heard, her daughter, R&B singer Adriana Evans. Well, that's a shame....
Ms Stallings is a straight ahead, stand-up jazz singer. No pop stuff here - she's the real deal. With a voice that has been described as "Carmen McRae with some Dinah Washinton sass thrown in," Ms Stallings easily navigates the middle register, (as a matter of fact, she has a four octave range), and man-oh-man, can she swing - if you doubt it, you need listen no further than the first track, "Where or When." And if that doesn't convince you, check out her versions of "I Waited for You," "Only Trust Your Heart," and "'Tain't Nobody's Bizness if I Do."
Ms Stallings is backed by the Gene Harris' Quartet. Mr Harris' piano playing is more lyrical than usual, (I've seen Ms Stallings live numerous times and she seems to have a "mellowing effect" on the players backing her up), and Ron Escherte, (guitar), Luther Hughes, (bass), and Paul Humphry, (drums), all do excellent work.
Main stream jazz doesn't get much better than "I Waited for You."
The sonics are up to Concord Jazz's usual standards - not audiophile quality, but clear, clean and warm."
J. Barclay | Hawaii | 03/21/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am sure that Mary Stallings will be known as a truly great jazz vocalist, and with this cd this again shows her fine voicing and great command of her selections"