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Showing posts with label Liz Terrell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Liz Terrell. Show all posts

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Westmont Records artist: Liz Terrell - It's All Right With Me - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, It's All Right With Me, from Liz Terrell and it's solid and enjoyable. Opening with the Stylistics' People Make The World Go Round, vocalist Liz Terrell makes it her own with a certain richness. Breaking to a cool, Latin rhythm by Emre Kartari on drums and Chris Brydge on bass, this track sails. Eddie Williams on sax adds beautiful riffs over the piano work of Daniel Clarke on piano and Alan Parker on guitar. Very nice. The radiance of Terrell's voice is evident on Cole Porter's standard, Night and Day starting out in relative a capella style but breaking into a club style swing. Parker takes the lead and lays in really nice, fluid riffs on guitar over the tight drum work of Kartari before Terrell bursts back with powerful but understated vocal. Very cool. Monk's classic, Blue Monk is an excellent choice for this band with inventive soloing by Brydge, Parker, Williams, Clarke and of course lush scatting by Terrell. Excellent! Ellington's Don't Get Around Much Anymore is a really nice take on this classic with solid vocal styling and really strong piano work by Clarke. Great! Wrapping the release is Burt Bacharach's What The World Needs Now, and I think it's an excellent choice for a closer. I personally don't think that Bacharach gets nearly the credit that he deserves as one of the best pop composers of our time. This is a beautiful arrangement of a beautiful track really showing just how pure Terrell's voice is and with just the right amount of adornment by Clarke, Williams and Parker. Excellent choice and excellent job. 

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