Reviews: Julie Anne ~ Hey Daddy!
Posted on Saturday, November 03, 2007 @ 14:45:21 EDT
Artist: Julie Anne
CD: Hey Daddy!
Home: Tucson, Arizona
Quote: "As a fan of classic big band jazz greats, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, I honestly must say that I don’t expect a lot from current artists who attempt to perform the classics. But Julie Anne is someone that is a wonderful surprise."
By Denise Squier email@example.com
As a fan of classic big band jazz greats, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, I honestly must say that I don’t expect a lot from current artists who attempt to perform the classics. But Julie Anne is someone that is a wonderful surprise. This CD Hey, Daddy! is an excellent rendition of great classic jazz tunes -- great vocals, wonderful instrumentation, and strong band arrangements.
When “Daddy” (Track #1) began, true to the classic big band sound -- none of those synthesized orchestras with jazz wanabes -- I was hooked. Then Julie Anne began singing the Duke Ellington classic “I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good” (one of my favorites) and, she nailed it too. Then Track #3 began; this was her twist on the Ray Charles song “Hallelujah, I Love Her So”, which now became “Hallelujah, I Love Him So”. This track is my favorite on the CD -- nice tempo, nice feel, and nice change from the other more ‘ballad-like’ tunes on the project. Honestly, I couldn’t find anything critical to say about the vocals.
On another note: I must mention the instrumentation separate from the vocals. The vocals were awesome and the instrumentation was as good if not better than the vocals. Jeff Haskell on the piano was solid throughout the entire CD (since I play piano, I always seem to notice that instrument -- good or bad). But, one performance stood out during Track #7: the soulful trumpet. Martin Patfield, I take my hat off to you. Great use of your mute!
This project is reminiscent of the great days of big band jazz. And, if this is any sign about how good this CD is, I will definitely add this project to my iPod.
Julie Anne Boos: Reviews
"Hey, Daddy!" (Julie Anne's Jazz, LLC)
One of the Baked Apple's newest songbirds releases her own self-produced first album, made with some of Tucson's finest musicians led by musical director, conductor and pianist Jeff Haskell. In the band are Ed Delucia, guitar; Scott Black, bass; Fred Hayes, drums; and a horn section of Greg Armstrong, reeds; Martin Patfield, trumpet/flugelhorn; and Rob Boone, trombone. There is a 13-piece string section, as well.
The song list is just as classy, including the titles "Bewitched," "Cry Me A River," "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You" and my favorite blues tune for gated communities, "Guess Who I Saw Today."
Julie Anne sings with an uncanny sense of that old school cool which made jazz the ultimate hipster language of Cold War survivors, back when both sides kept their nuclear weapons of mass destruction at the ready. These days, when the government thinks suspected terrorists are lurking around every airport security checkpoint, it's good to know singers like Julie Anne are ready to serve in the pop culture service of helping keep us alert under fire. Her phrasing and intonation are the equal of any martini.
Open to a new page of your bartender's guide and slip this CD into the mix. In no time at all, you'll be ready for anything.
style: CLASSIC JAZZ
Your new CD is terrific! All of the songs reflect what makes you unique - all the facets of your personality are on display - starting with how much FUN you are to be with! One might question the bi-polar choice of HEY, DADDY coupled with GEE, BABY AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU - but you're a woman who can command your fella to PEEL ME A GRAPE at the same time as lamenting I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN'T GOOD - and be equally convincing! There's every mood covered here, and the soloists shine, particularly Greg Armstrong and Martin Patfield. The silky strings make the ballads all sound SO rich, and the intriguing arrangements (especially that fading final line in HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON) make this CD a keeper!
Marilyn Harris, Wrightwood Records
"Julie Anne has the natural instincts of a jazz singer. Her phrasing, tone control and intonation are straight from the heart of American music. The way she turns a phrase, bends the inflection of a word, pauses here, extends a note there gives every song an intimacy."
Julie Anne and Arthur,
What a spectacular performance you gave us!
You each looked so special...Julie Anne that long red velvet gave the feel of understated elegance and Arthur your suit gave a touch of class. Just perfect choices for the day, the place and the group.
The comment that made you stand out over other performers was the connectedness that you two show while performing...The audience wanted to know if you were married because of the very smooth way you work together...picking up what each other wanted to say or needed...when to move forward or pull back...like the time JA gave you space alone, Arthur, to do your boogie woogie number. You looked so happy to be working with each other that the vibes just warmed the group to you. A woman who is very musically inclined enjoyed you two more than any other presenters we had. She felt that you two were "great together", "personable and compatible" and she enjoyed the choice of songs as very appropriate and compatible for our group. She then went on to say she wondered why a pianist's legs were always visible beneath the piano and her companion added that that was something she really enjoyed...watching you move while you played. Another commented on how charming you both were...such audience appeal. The commentary was entertaining patter as if you were completely relaxed and untroubled by the group on numbers. What a success!