ERNESTINE ANDERSON, NIGHTLIFE

With sassiness, soul and a can’t-quit-you attitude, singer Ernestine Anderson gets a long overdue live recording that shows why she’s every bit the shining star she should be. Trouble is, an entire generation or two of jazz listeners don’t know who she is. On the party-rrific “Nightlife” (High Note) drawn from three dates at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the inimitable and swinging songstress is joined master saxophonist Houston Person, pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr., Chip Jackson or Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and Willie Jones III or Jerome Jennings on drums. Whether yearning something fierce on “Since I Fell For You,” shoutin’ some Chicago blues or getting down and dirty for a serious slow jam that is the title track, Ms. Anderson show us all how it’s done.
She’s had a full, illustrious career, cementing her stature in the late 70’s after landing on Carl Jefferson’s Concord Jazz label – her many classy records for them are object lessons in soul jazz singing. Here she covers Miles Davis’ “All Blues” along with standards from her discography including the sweetly sincere “Only Trust Your Heart” and “Never Make Your Move Too Soon,” the latter known squarely as her signature tune. Person plays with customary gusto, sounding effortless on his warm, circular solos and he’s clearly inspired by Ms. Anderson who is so accomplished and experienced she doesn’t have to enunciate every word or even complete sentences for you to hear where she stands. And this diva stands tall. Highly recommended. (8 tracks; 52:40 minutes)
      

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JAZZ IN SPACE: ERNESTINE ANDERSON, NIGHTLIFE

Saturday, January 29, 2011

ERNESTINE ANDERSON, NIGHTLIFE

With sassiness, soul and a can’t-quit-you attitude, singer Ernestine Anderson gets a long overdue live recording that shows why she’s every bit the shining star she should be. Trouble is, an entire generation or two of jazz listeners don’t know who she is. On the party-rrific “Nightlife” (High Note) drawn from three dates at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the inimitable and swinging songstress is joined master saxophonist Houston Person, pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr., Chip Jackson or Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and Willie Jones III or Jerome Jennings on drums. Whether yearning something fierce on “Since I Fell For You,” shoutin’ some Chicago blues or getting down and dirty for a serious slow jam that is the title track, Ms. Anderson show us all how it’s done.
She’s had a full, illustrious career, cementing her stature in the late 70’s after landing on Carl Jefferson’s Concord Jazz label – her many classy records for them are object lessons in soul jazz singing. Here she covers Miles Davis’ “All Blues” along with standards from her discography including the sweetly sincere “Only Trust Your Heart” and “Never Make Your Move Too Soon,” the latter known squarely as her signature tune. Person plays with customary gusto, sounding effortless on his warm, circular solos and he’s clearly inspired by Ms. Anderson who is so accomplished and experienced she doesn’t have to enunciate every word or even complete sentences for you to hear where she stands. And this diva stands tall. Highly recommended. (8 tracks; 52:40 minutes)
      

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