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Clairdee: Music Moves
"On the surface, these 10 tracks recorded live at Yoshi’s, show the effervescent Nancy Wilson-esque Clairdee in sassy, solidly assured, crowd-pleasing form. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover a whole lot of interpretive brilliance going on. The piece de résistance is a vibrantly enervated six-minute voyage through Alright, Okay, You Win, reinvented as a combined salute to Count Basie, Joe Williams, Les McCann and Eddie Harris. It pays homage to Basie and Williams’ appearance at the 1969 Montreux Jazz Festival, while employing Harris’ Cold Duck Time as a foundation. Clever as her innovations are, Clairdee knows when to leave well enough alone, as she does on Do Something, replacing Betty Carter’s classic treatment note for note and nuance for nuance."
—Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
Ken French: piano, keyboards, music director
Ron Belcher: acoustic and electric bass
Deszon Claiborne: drums
Charles McNeal: soprano, alto, and tenor sax
Produced by: Clairdee, Ken French, and Bud Spangler
Recorded live at Yoshi's, Oakland, CA
Remote Recording by: Syntropy Audio, Oakland, CA
Cover Photo: James Knox
Inside Photos: Wayne Saroyan
Graphic Design: Momentum Design
CDs are personally signed by Clairdee.
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1. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
2. Cheek to Cheek
3. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
5. Do Something
6. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
8. Someone Else Is Steppin' In
9. All The Way
10. Alright, Okay, You Win
All songs arranged by Clairdee and Ken French except
#5: Betty Carter and #6: Marty Paich.
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