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A Good Day [Jessica Molaskey]
1. All the Cats Join In
2. Everything Is Moving Too Fast
3. Somebody Loves Me
4. How Come You Ain't Got Me?
5. Small World
6. It's a Good Day
7. I Love the Way You're Breaking My Heart
8. I Don't Know Enough About You
9. Adam & Eve
10. Girl with His Smile and My Eyes, The
11. It's the Bluest Kind of Blues
12. I Wouldn't Trade You
13. Side by Side
14. Lifetime or Two, A
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 311
Allen Svirdoff; John Pizzarelli; Allen Sviridoff
Jim Gzak; Bart Migal; Jim Czak
Personnel: Jessica Molaskey (vocals); Tony Kadleck (trumpet); John Mosca (trombone); Ken Peplowski, Andy Fusco (clarinet); Kenny Berger (bass clarinet); Ray Kennedy (piano); Larry Goldings (organ); Bucky Pizzarelli (acoustic guitar); John Pizzarelli (guitar); Martin Pizzarelli (bass);
Tony Tedesco (drums).
Recorded at Nola Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Jessica Molaskey.
Personnel: John Pizzarelli (vocals, guitar, electric guitar); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar, acoustic guitar); Ken Peplowski, Andy Fusco (clarinet); Kenny Berger (bass clarinet); Tony Kadleck (trumpet); John Mosca (trombone); Ray Kennedy (piano); Larry Goldings (organ); Tony Tedesco (drums).
Liner Note Author: Terrence McNally.
Recording information: Nola Recording, New York, NY.
Photographers: Tess Steinkolk; Andrew Southam.
Arrangers: Dick Lieb; Don Sebesky; John Pizzarelli.
Jessica Molaskey is a seasoned Broadway performer who also makes a strong impression in tackling classics from the Great American Songbook or reviving pop songs of the 1940s. Her expressive vocals are effective without resorting to gimmickry, and she's backed by a sterling cast of musicians which includes guitarist John Pizzarelli (her husband and the arranger of seven of the songs), father-in-law Bucky Pizzarelli on acoustic guitar, brother-in-law and bassist Martin Pizzarelli, clarinetist Ken Peplowski, and pianist Ray Kennedy, among others. "All the Cats Join In" was made popular by Benny Goodman but has been only sporadically recorded since; Molaskey not only swings it effortlessly but expands upon its original lyrics. Her treatment of a trio of songs written by Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour (another singer/guitarist married couple), especially the cheerful "A Good Day," will help anyone lose the blues. Molaskey's lyrics in the five pieces written with her spouse are priceless, here's an example from "How Come You Ain't Got Me?": "You buy one ticket and you win the lotto...you down martinis, other folks get blotto." And it's impossible not to be charmed by their lovely ballad "The Girl with His Smile and My Eyes," dedicated to their daughter Madeline Pizzarelli, with the sole accompaniment provided by Kennedy's lush piano. Every track on this highly recommended CD is a gem. ~ Ken Dryden
JazzTimes (8/03, p.132) - "...A lively jazz party that, rather than try to replicate Peggy's unique purr, chooses to celebrate her musical joie de vivre and dazzling dexterity..."
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