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★My Favorite Album (408)
【Nancy Goudinaki - I Wanna Be Your Star】(2014)
By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review
と自身のライナーノートで叫んでいる（笑）、ギリシャ出身、現在NYで活躍しているVocalist、Nancy Goudinaki 。16歳のときにギリシャ語で書かれた初のオリジナル曲の英訳がアルバムタイトルとなった彼女のデビュー作品です。
(p)、Dwayne Burno (b)、Rudy Royston (ds)に、JD Allen (ts)と来た！
彼ら”NY First Call”達が「甘い歌伴」方面に流れることなく、ガッツリと演奏してます。カッコイイ！
Nancy Goudinaki (vo,g)
Orrin Evans (p,arr)
Dwayne Burno (b)
JD Allen (ts)
Rudy Royston (ds)
Miles Griffith (vo)
Daniel Sadownick (per)
Richie Goods (b)
Produced by: Richie Goods
Mixed by: Richie Goods
Sound Engineer: Manfred Knoop
Mastered by: Kazuhiko Gomi
Recorded at: Knoop Studio
▶ Track Listings
1. Birds of Paradise
2. Almost Like Being in Love
3. I'll Be Seeing You
4. Just Friends
6. Fine and Mellow
7. I Wanna Be Your Star
8. My Heart Stood Still
9. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
10. The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
▶ Nancy Goudinaki - Website
★ Official Website
▶ Amazon (MP3)
★Nancy G. backstage with Richie Goods
★The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Nancy Goudinaki is a rare jazz singer/musician and composer. A virtuosic classical guitarist, she is an original; a seeker; fearlessly confident and classy. The songs she performs on her debut CD: "I Wanna Be Your Star - Nancy Goudinaki." came from some of most venerated twentieth century composers and lyricists, including Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, Harold Arlen, and Sammy Fain & Irving Kahal. Goudinaki is one of the most intellectually talented and imaginative jazz vocalist to emerge in recent times. She is the epitome of jazz. Original, spontaneous and free.
With her dream firmly in tow, she shows exquisite tastes in her choice of talented, exciting 'team' players and special guests, who support her commitment to melody, tempo and spontaneity, with stylish nuance and matching originality. She projects professional respect and admiration for her band mates that is reflected in the emotional warmth and unpretentious joy heard in their music.
Goudinaki's confidence and daring are balanced by the uncompromising care she takes in interpreting the lyric, her great timing, the adroitness of a rhythm section that exemplifies structural unity and preserves an uncluttered, yet stylishly percussive sound-scape. It is almost like being in love. Sparks begin to fly from this musical love affair during her swinging version of Frederick Loewe & Allan Jay Lerner's 1947 popular song (Almost Like Being In Love). She definitely has her own 'voice' ; original, but fiercely undomesticated in deference to the early jazz influence of Ella Fitzgerald whose noiseless exuberance, and charming innocence, are reflected in Goudinaki's unique phrasing, sharp timing and alluring intonation. Goudinaki other early influences are Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, and Billie Holiday, making the realization of her dream seem inevitable.
Goudinaki can capture and color many emotions. In particular, emotional intimacy, honesty and joy. Her two original compositions on the date are good examples. On the title track, (I Wanna Be Your Star), its inherent declaration of longing is honestly expressed in the intimate, intense harmonic dialog between Gouinaki and Orrin Evans' extended classical pianism. On her other composition (Birds of Paradise), her voice floats against a backdrop of shimmering, exotic colors depicted by percussionist Daniel Sadownick, Richie Goode's unifying bass lines, and her adaptable, electro-classical fret magic, in a reminiscence of joy and emotional intimacy "...of days that won't come back again...wonder why we fell apart..." Goudinaki also possesses a keen sense of dynamics and a formidable pitch range that she engages to descend into the "wishing well" of Sammy Fain & Irving Kahal's World War II jazz standard (I'll Be Seeing You) to unlock the emotional power in the lyric.
But for raw emotional power, nothing surpasses Goudinaki's reprise of Billie Holiday's (Fine And Mellow). Hands down, Billie Holiday owns this tune, but Goudinaki's reading hits the mark with a spontaneity and compelling individuality that literally seethes with the underlying pain and emotional truth that wounds the lyric. Orrin Evans puts in a hard day's night wiping away Goudinali's musical tears with a breath-taking keyboard perambulation damp with "Monkish" dissonance.
Goudinaki puts her emotional bag aside long enough to join guest vocalist and native New Yorker (Brooklyn) Miles Griffith who is described as a "gritty, big-voiced improviser" that favors "a hard-swinging, aggressive, full-bodied vocal style." Together they grind a funky, smouldering, edgy, jazzy, contrasting daring into John Klemmer & Sam L. Lewis' 1931 jazz standard (Just Friends). This collaboration stands lighthouse tall in terms of excitement, versatility and originality.
Pianist Orrin Evans' well developed rhythmic/harmonic sense and melodic elegance are a tour de force. He is stylistically virtuosic, and records prolifically. He has worked with alto saxophonist/composer/producer/educator Bobby Watson, drummer/bandleader Ralph Peterson, post-bop trumpeter Duane Eubanks, vocal musician/composer/lyricist/arranger/teaching artist Lenora Zenzalai-Helm and others. The New York Times judiciously describes him "...as a poised artist with an impressive template of ideas at his command." Evans' soloing and accompaniment on "I Wanna Be Your Star - Nancy Goudinaki" are imaginative, replete with forward-leaning insight, and stylishly cool. One standout, (there are many) is his work on Harold Arlen's (The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea) that features his peppery, attention-getting repeating patterns and accents (Monk's in there too) played against Goudinaki's swinging vocal attack, the cool post-bop modernism of tenor saxophonist JD Allen, cooked over an even rhythmic flame applied by drummer Rudy Royston and bassist Dwayne Burno. Orrin Evans is tough!
"I Wanna Be Your
Star - Nancy Goudinaki" is a sure winner, and Goudinaki is one of those special, rare, talented, jazz artists like Billie Holiday, that the jazz public, and her fans, will hasten to catch up
to... judging by her debut CD, Goudinaki has already set a torrid musical pace. To watch her work, take a trip to the legendary Birdland and the Zinc Bar in New York City.