MJ Territo ladies day jazz vocals MJ Territo – LADIES DAY: Getting ready for a gig, MJ realized that many of the tunes she had picked were composed by women… after a bit more research, she had a full set list, including magical tunes like the Mary Lou Williams/Ada Parker “Strange Fascination“… this song is in the ultra-cool zone, & I’ve listened to it many times already… that impression is made even more solid when I realize she got Virginia Mayhew (one of my favorite sax players) to play tenor sax on the track. It’s been a good while since I reviewed MJ’s work in issue 111, and she’s most welcome back.
The fourteen song gem was released on the 4th of August, 2017, so you’ll want to rush right on out and get your copy (or order it online at the link below). I loved the flute work from Andrea Brachfeld on “In Your Own Sweet Way“, and all the other core players help to make this one a resounding success (Linda Presgrave on piano, Iris Ornig on bass and Barbara Merjan doing drums)… the keyword for this album is “hip”, no doubt about it.
It was an easy pick for my personal favorite… MJ got harpist Brandee Younger to play on “True” (a Lorraine Feather/Dave Grusin composition)… though it’s not a hoppin’ jazz jam, it’s one of the most calming pieces I’ve heard (yet) in 2017… simple, but full of beauty and emotion. Ms. Territo is one of the most mellow jazz singers on the scene today, and her new release is the essence of coolness… I give MJ and her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.97 for this fine collection. Get more information on MJ’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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