CD Girl Talk * [Vanessa Rubin] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 634220),
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Girl Talk * [Vanessa Rubin] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Comes Love
    2. Matchmaker, Matchmaker
    3. Whatever Happens
    4. But Not for Me
    5. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
    6. You'll Never Know (Until You Let Go)
    7. Loving You
    8. Girl Talk
    9. Sex Is a Misdemeanor (The More You Miss de Meaner You Get)
    10. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You
    11. Won't Have to Say Goodbye
    12. If You Ever Go Away
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83480

  • Credits
    ProducerTodd Barkan
    EngineerRobert Friedrich

    Personnel: Vanessa Rubin, Etta Jones (vocals); Eric Alexander, Javon Jackson (tenor saxophone); Steve Davis (trombone); Cedar Walton, Larry Willis (piano); David Williams (bass); Lewis Nash (drums).
    Recorded at Sear Sound-Studio C, New York, New York on December 11-13, 2000.
    Includes liner notes by Devra Hall.
    Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin is joined by a stellar cast on her second Telarc release. Bassist David Williams and drummer Lewis Nash hold down the rhythm, joined alternately by pianist/arrangers Larry Willis and Cedar Walton, tenor saxophonists Eric Alexander and Javon Jackson, and trombonist Steve Davis. Rubin's flexible voice covers a wide-ranging repertoire, from standards to Sondheim ("Loving You") to adult contemporary (Bill Withers and Larry Carlton's "Whatever Happens"). She also contributes a yearning original ballad, the closing "If You Ever Go Away." The album is memorable mostly for its offbeat tracks, however: a jazz-waltz take on "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" (with the bridge in a snappy four); Walter Bishop's novelty number, "Sex Is a Misdemeanor (The More You Miss, de Meaner You Get)," a perky calypso featuring Rubin's double-tracked vocal with only bass and drums; and the penultimate track, David Williams' endearing "Won't Have to Say Goodbye," which begins and ends with an implied reggae feel but swings in the middle. Rubin also delivers a splendid "One for My Baby" and invites the great Etta Jones for a tte--tte on "But Not for Me" and "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You." ~ David R. Adler

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (3/02, p.65) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Rubin imbues GIRL TALK with unsinkable 'You go, girl!' flair, a soulful, richly textured voice and the nuanced passion of a method actor..."
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