Michelle Bradley high quality vocal jazz Michelle Bradley – BODY AND SOUL: There’s one word to describe Michelle’s wonderful jazz vocal style as I listen to her June 2017 release – “QUALITY”! She’s a member of the Metropolitan Opera Company in NYC, so that may have something to do with why she’s able to reel you in so strongly on her renditions of songs like “How High The Moon“… of course, it doesn’t hurt that she has stellar musicians backing her, like Art Fristoe on piano, Tim Ruiz on bass, Richard Cholakian on drums, just to name a few (check the credits on this page). Michelle sings with rich tones and expresses a sincere love of singing that is unparalleled (in my opinion)… just superb work!
Michelle’s performance on the title track, “Body and Soul“, clearly establishes her as a front-runner in the crowded world of female jazz vocalists… this was recorded live, so she and her players were definitely “on” through the entire 4:36 performance… in fact, I’ll go so far as to say that her next album might want to feature ALL live recording.
If you want to listen to some lovely Latin jazz (and some superb flute work), you’ll fall in love with “Key Largo” right away… it’s very easy to picture myself sipping a tall rum/coke as I listen to this most pleasant performance from Michelle (& that’s really saying something, since I don’t drink alcohol – well, maybe just a tall COKE, lol).
My personal favorite was too easy to pick… Michelle’s interpretation of Corea’s “500 Miles High” is absolutely amazing… high-talent, high-energy, through & through. I give Michelle and all her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this fine jazz vocal adventure. You can read more about her on the Merry Lane Records label page for this album. Rotcod Zzaj
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