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O's Place Jazz Magazine - 2009 Traditional Jazz Golden Selections

Thanks to all Washington Area Music Association members and friends for your support and the nominations.

Washington Area Music Association 2010/24th Annual Wammie Nominations:

Jazz Vocalist Category
Jazz Recording Category
New Artist Of The Year Category
Debut Recording Category: A Teardrop Of Sun

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1 Very Early 4.57
2 Nothing Will Be As It Was 5.43
3 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues 5.27
4 Star Eyes 5.13
5 This Is New 4.10
6 The More I See You 5.55
7 Crystal Silence 5.20
8 That Old Black Magic 5.54
9 You Go To My Head 6.22

L'Tanya Mari' - vocals: All tracks
Harry Appelman - piano, tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7. and 8
David Jernigan - bass, tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. and 8
Tony Martucci - drums, tracks: 1, 3, 4, and 5
Alejandro Lucini - drums, tracks: 2 and 8 and percussion (Pandeiro) track 7
Paul Wingo - guitar, track: 3 and 9
Lyle Link - tenor and soprano saxophone, tracks: 2, 4 and 5
Produced and Arranged by L'Tanya Mari', Heidi Gerber and Harry Appelman

D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz newsletter

L’Tanya Marí' - A Teardrop of Sun 5/4

O's Notes: This is L' Tanya's debut recording and she sings with the poise and control of a polished veteran. "Star Eyes" is one of many fine ballads in this set of nine newly arranged standards. Among the best are "You Go To My Head", "That Old Black Magic" and "The More I See You". Her tone is clear and heart felt. Marí' should delight fans for a long time.

-Jean-Keith Fagon, Hill Rag/Dc North Jazz Project Critic

"This debut album from L’Tanya Mari' has a few surprises that are worth listening to, especially “I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues,” and “Star Eyes,” a song that reminds me of a young Sarah Vaughan (check out Mercury release of Golden Hits), or as my daughter rightfully said, “more like a young Natalie Cole.” And she is right, especially upon closer attention to “This Is New” and “The More I See You."

"Bill Evans: Six Vocal Versions" -Marc Myers, JazzWax

I don't generally go for vocal versions of Bill Evans' compositions. Too many attempts feel trite or lack the sensitivity and depth of Evans' piano originals. In other cases, the vocalist doesn't have enough technique, a problem instantly exposed when attempting an Evans piece. But there are exceptions. Here are my favorite vocal interpretations of Evans' songs, in no particular order. My criteria? An evident understanding of Evans' melodic primacy, tender timbre and gentle swing:

L'Tanya Mari, Very Early. This Evans' waltz appears on Mari's new album, A Teardrop of Sun. Evans wrote the song while he was still in college at Southeastern Louisiana University in the late 1940s. Says Mari in the CD's liner notes: "There's something about Bill Evans that always stood out for me. When you look at his picture he seems like this very quiet shy type of person. And his music just moves me."

Marc Myers blogs daily on jazz legends and legendary jazz recordings