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Kelley Johnson: Home *

Track List

>Should've Been
>Be Careful, It's My Heart
>Sweetest Sounds, The
>Wouldn't It Be Loverly/Living Room
>Lovely Night, A
>Moon River
>(Looking at the World Through) Rose Colored Glasses
>From Here/Where Do You Start
>For an Hour
>Love Walked In
>Even You and I

Album Reviews:

JazzTimes (p.98) - "Johnson demonstrates her dexterity with a mixed bag of standards, extending from a stunning, languorous ramble through 'The Sweetest Sounds'...to a lilting 'Be Careful, It's My Heart'..."

Album Notes

Lyricist: Kelley Johnson.

Personnel: Jay "Bird" Thomas (horns); John Hansen (piano); Matt Jorgensen, Jon Wikan (drums).

Audio Mixer: Robert Friedrich.

Recording information: Triad Studios.

Arrangers: John Hansen ; Kelley Johnson; Jon Wikan.

Kelley Johnson, who possesses a voice rich with blues-inspired longing, has superb diction and a distinctive vibrato--no wonder she can count Wynton Marsalis as an advocate. Johnson's crew on HOME also provides exemplary support. With ace pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Freddie Hubbard-like trumpeter Ingrid Jensen on board, how could it be otherwise? Another selling point is the selection of tunes, as there's a refreshing mix of classy evergreens ("Moon River") and Johnson originals (the words to the title song), as opposed to done-to-death standards. Most importantly, Johnson has her own sense of swing, as have all the great jazz singers before her.


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