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It's About Time / La Tanya Hall

Gershwin / Porter / Hall / Dipippo
Release Date: 12/09/2008 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9284  
Composer:  Hoagy CarmichaelGeorge GershwinVarious
Performer:  La Tanya Hall
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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IT’S ABOUT TIME La Tanya Hall (voc) BRIDGE 9284 (53:48)

CARMICHAEL The Nearness of You. Skylark. GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Summertime. PORTER Can-Can: It’s All Right with Me. MENDES Like a Lover. Read more class="COMPOSER12">COLE Straighten Up and Fly Right. YOUMANS It’s Gonna Be a Great Day. ELLINGTON I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good). THIELEMANS Bluesette. DE PAUL You Don’t Know What Love Is. CARRILO Sabor a mi. MOROSS A Lazy Afternoon

La Tanya Hall, a gifted jazz singer much admired by her peers and knowledgeable audiences, makes her solo CD debut with this excellently performed, arranged, and produced recording. Her voice is warm and flexible throughout her considerable range—she moves effortlessly from contralto to soprano—and her diction, breath control, and intonation are flawless. She’s a tasteful improviser but always respects the composer’s intentions. Technique aside, she has the measure of each song’s mood and story: light and carefree in Bluesette ; humorously sassy in Straighten Up and Fly Right ; sensual in A Lazy Afternoon , or hopelessly ensnared by love in I’ve Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good) . She takes a novel approach to “Summertime,” shifting it to Brazil while retaining the lyric’s poignancy, and flies through the up-tempo “It’s All Right With Me” with ease, relaxing into a subtly swinging interlude before resuming the full throttle pace of the opening. She suspends time in her poised and reflective introduction to The Nearness of You , plumbing the song’s depths, and savors an intimate duet with guitar in Like a Lover , mesmerizing the listener with her vocal and emotional conviction. The instrumental support from this top-flight assemblage of musicians is superb, with memorable moments from accordion, saxophone, flute, and guitar, not to mention the sophisticated trio of piano, bass, and drums wedded to her every inflection and the exciting big band that negotiates the most rapid tempos with stunning precision. Throughout, producer Angelo DiPippo’s arrangements are well orchestrated and always keep La Tanya front and center. If you haven’t heard her, it’s about time.

FANFARE: Robert Schulslaper
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Works on This Recording

The Nearness of You by Hoagy Carmichael
Performer:  La Tanya Hall (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  La Tanya Hall (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Work(s) by Various
Performer:  La Tanya Hall (Voice)

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