Artfully inspired vocal jazz Deborah Shulman – The Shakespeare Project

Artfully inspired vocal jazz Deborah Shulman – THE SHAKESPEARE PROJECT: You’re probably asking yourself – “What? Jazz with Shakespeare”, lol. I can tell you right now, though, that accomplished and artful jazz vocalist Deborah is fully capable of bringing the Bard’s dream to life – in a BIG way! Though it’s a bit different in style than the songs on this new release, I’d like you to take a quick peek at a live performance of Deborah’s superb performance skills…

…it would be ultimately cool to see a live video of songs on the video, too; in the meantime, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Deborah’s YouTube channel, where you’ll see many other great vocal performances.

Back to the album, which is the focus, of course… as you listen to the beautiful “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day (Sonnet 18)“, you’ll realize just how skilled Deborah is… her ability to meld her laid-back jazz vocal style with William’s words is absolutely amazing… in addition to Deborah’s magic vocals, you’ll also hear Jeff Colella, piano; Larry Koonse: guitar; Abraham Laboriel: bass (1, 3, 5, 10, 11); Chris Colangelo: bass (2-4, 6, 7, 12); Bob Sheppard: flute, clarinet, soprano sax, bass clarinet; Bob McChesney: trombone; Kendall Kay: drums (2, 3 ,6, 9, 12); Joe LaBarbera: drums (1, 8, 10, 11)… the players are absolutely stunning throughout all dozen songs!

Pianist Jeff Colella composed the ethereal music for one of Deborah’s favorites on the album, the lovely “When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought (Sonnet 30)“… what an elegant weave of modern-day jazz with centuries-old wisdom.

Of the dozen songs offered up for your musical adventure, it’s actually the opener, “All the World’s a Stage/If Music Be the Food of Love” that gets my choice for personal favorite… I can easily see this song getting MAJOR rotations on jazz stations ’round the globe, for years to come!

I give Deborah and her fantastic players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this splendid jazz vocal journey. Get more information at Deborah’s website. Rotcod Zzaj


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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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