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Wake up Call [Michelle Willson]

  • 1. Wake up Call
    2. Barking up the Wrong Tree
    3. They Don't Want Me to Rock No More
    4. Leap of Faith
    5. Think About Me
    6. Pleasing You
    7. Way You Say Goodbye, The
    8. Set You Free
    9. Water Water
    10. Crazy, Crazy
    11. Mi My Moo
    12. People Say
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 619 639

  • Credits
    ProducerScott Billington
    EngineerMatthew Ellard

    & The Evil Gal Festival Orchestra.
    Personnel: Michelle Willson (vocals); Mike Mele (guitar); Scott Shetler (tenor & baritone saxophones, bass clarinet); Barry Fleischer (tenor & baritone saxophones); Dave Limina (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Ken Clark (B-3 Hammond organ, background vocals); Zac Casher (drums); Scott Billington, Jill Gross, Ellie Marshall, Didi Stewart (background vocals).
    Recorded at Q Division, Somerville, Massachussetts betweem December 2000 and
    February 2001.
    Songstress Michelle Willson tears it up on her jazz-infused blues set Wake up Call. The album is rife with dancing organs, bouncing drums, a sizzling saxophone, and the robust vocal stylings of Willson. The album opener and title track is an entirely funky affair. Willson's voice struts over a groovin' rhythm, bass clarinet accents, and soulful Hammond B3 organ trills. It is impossible to not be moved by this performer. With her lush, sultry, and robust voice, Willson can get a rise out of a stone statue. The smoking blues-rock anthem "Just Like a Dog [Barking up the Wrong Tree]" is among the disc's many shining moments and boasts a siren of a saxophone line and Willson, again, cutting it up. Five of the 13 tracks are originals by Willson -- she generally performs music by other songwriters and artists -- and they fit right in with the disc's funky jazz-blues. "Set You Free," one of Willson's own, snaps, crackles, and pops as the singer says good riddance to a deadbeat lover. What a bouncin' good time this recording is. Just try to sit still while listening -- it won't happen. Willson's singing is like a strong cup of Joe -- it beelines right to the gut and jolts the system. If there ever was a wake-up call, this worthy album would be it. ~ Liana Jonas

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (12/01, p.121) - "...Good frat party music, circa 1962."
    Living Blues (3-4/02, p.86) - "...Proves there's still plenty of life in the swing idiom, and Wilson and her group jump into the genre with enthusiasm and unbridled energy.."
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