Mary Stallings Manhattan Moods
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- Released: July 26, 2004
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Concord Records
Down Beat - 9/97, p.513.5 stars (out of 5) - "...Stallings delivers a sumptuous collection of standards. She's got a gorgeous voice, a spontaneous, heartfelt approach and a refined, relaxed delivery..."
JazzTimes - 8/97, p.97"Penthouse-level sophistication is created by San Francisco vocalist Mary Stallings and New York pianist Monty Alexander in their first pairing. The mood is romantic, the renditions are classic, Alexander's relaxed groove complementing Stallngs' deep richness..."
- $0.99 on iTunes1.This Can't Be Love
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Sweet And Lovely
- $0.99 on iTunes3.I Have A Feeling
- $0.99 on iTunes4.How High The Moon
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Lullaby Of The Leaves
- $0.99 on iTunes6.I Wish I Knew
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Surrey With The Fringe On Top
- $0.99 on iTunes8.You Go To My Head
- $1.29 on iTunes9.He Was Too Good To Me
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Willow Weep For Me
- $0.99 on iTunes11.I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
- $0.99 on iTunes12.I Love You Madly
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel includes: Mary Stallings (vocals); Monty Alexander (piano).
Personnel: Mary Stallings (vocals); Dick Oatts (flute, soprano saxophone); Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica, vibraphone); Monty Alexander (piano); Clyde Lucas (drums).
Audio Mixer: Alan Varner.
Liner Note Author: Richard S. Ginell.
Recording information: Sound on Sound Studios, New York, NY (10/03/1996-10/05/1996).
Photographer: Greg Gorman.
A product of the San Francisco Bay Area jazz scene, Mary Stallings recorded in New York for the first time when she entered a Manhattan studio for her third Concord release, Manhattan Moods. Contrary to what some provincial, myopic jazz critics implied, Stallings didn't have to record in the Big Apple to prove her legitimacy -- she would have been a great singer even if she'd never set foot outside of northern California. But Stallings' visit to New York was a good thing, for her talented East Coast support includes pianist Monty Alexander and producer Allen Farnham (who is a fine pianist himself, though he doesn't play on this CD). Farnham was known for his work with Mel Torm‚ and Susannah McCorkle, and when it came to working with singers in the 1990s, you couldn't ask for a more insightful producer. Farnham's input was obviously a major asset for Stallings, who really pours her heart into such chestnuts as "You Go to My Head," "I Wish I Knew," and "Lullaby of the Leaves." Perhaps the album's most surprising track is "How High the Moon," which was done at maximum speed by countless beboppers, but becomes a haunting ballad in Stallings' hands. With Stallings having put her singing career on the back burner for so many years, it was great to see her building an impressive catalog at Concord. ~ Alex Henderson
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