Feb 14, 2010
Perhaps the biggest surprise in jazz last year was the sudden emergence of singer Jackie Ryan. Although she has recorded for years, her appropriately titled CD Doozy came out of no where to top the Jazz Week charts for seven weeks. That represented the second time in the history of the charts that a singer had managed to dominate the field in sales.
Fans who missed her earlier CDs will want to grab Best of Love Songs, a compilation that gathers songs from thee previous releases. A singer who never fails to put together a backing band of top talent, Ms. Ryan has recorded with the likes of saxophonists Eric Alexander and Ernie Watts, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Therefore, the album has a high jazz IQ, something often missing from standards albums these days. Ms. Ryan mixes things up here with classics like “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” and “The Very Thought of You”, as well as romantic originals like “Once in Everybody’s Life”. She has the vocal chops to take on Billie Holiday’s “Now or Never”, and slides in a bit of Brazilia courtesy of Jobim’s “Luiza”. She triumphs in all formats.
Click here to listen to “Seasons of the Heart”, a romantic number written by Ms. Ryan in collaboration with Leonard Thompson. The backing band for this track is Thompson on piano, John Witala on bass and Omar Clay on drums.
The CD is available only as a download from her website at this time, and will hit the stores on March 16. It’s he perfect Valentine’s gift, so even if you've forgotten that special someone, there's till time to download!