Eclectic exquisite jazz vocals Shirley Crabbe – Bridges

Eclectic exquisite jazz vocals Shirley Crabbe – BRIDGES:  It’s been a while since I reviewed Shirley’s debut jazz vocal CD in issue # 119… though there’s a slightly different player lineup on her performance of “Taking A Chance On Love” video below, it will give you crystal-clear insight into her vibrant vocal skills…

…I’d love to watch this lady perform live – so, if you’re ever out Seattle way, Shirley, please be sure to let me know.

Shirley’s opening track, “Isn’t This A Lovely Day“, features some absolutely lovely strings, and wonderful piano from David Budway… there’s no question that this is one of my favorite jazz vocal tunes for 2018!  Shirley chose it because Ella Fitzgerald is one of her most important influences.

It’s interesting that Shirley actually started singing opera (which I believe she still does), especially when you hear the contrast with her straight-ahead jazz performance on the 4:43 “The Windmills of Your Mind“… this is one totally hip lady, folks.

Her widely-varied musical influences are perfectly captured on her performance of Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes“… truly a stunning performance of this great tune.

My personal favorite of the ten tunes Shirley offers up for your aural enjoyment is one she co-wrote with pianist Donald Vega… “The Bridge” is one of those pieces that is in the “timeless” category… Shirley’s spirit just SHINES through on this one.  This is one of those CD’s that your collection MUST have!

I give Shirley and all her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this marvelous jazz vocal adventure.  Get more information on Shirley’s website.           Rotcod Zzaj

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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