CD Livin' on Love * [Wesla Whitfield] (CD 940387),
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Livin' on Love * [Wesla Whitfield]

  • 1. This Can't Be Love
    2. Love Is Here to Stay
    3. East of the Sun
    4. Pure Imagination
    5. For All We Know
    6. Get Out of Town
    7. Once in a While
    8. Gentleman Is a Dope, The
    9. Alfie
    10. I'm Glad There Is You
    11. Do I Hear a Waltz
    12. I've Heard That Song Before
    13. Whistling Away the Dark
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7152

  • Credits
    ProducerMike Greensill; Orrin Keepnews
    EngineerPhil Edwards

    Personnel: Wesla Whitfield (vocals); Wesla Whitfield; Gary Foster (flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eric Achen, Eric Achen (French horn); John Wiitala (acoustic bass); Alicia Telford, Keith Green, Bill Klingelhoffer (French horn); Michael Greensill (piano); Vince Lateano (drums).
    Audio Remixer: Phil Edwards .
    Liner Note Authors: Michael Greensill; Jonathan Schwartz.
    Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (06/16/2005-01/04/2006).
    Photographer: Christine Alicino.
    Arranger: Michael Greensill.
    Wesla Whitfield has long had a beautiful voice and excelled in swinging jazz, cabaret music, and music that falls between those two areas. Usually she is accompanied by pianist Mike Greensill (her husband), bass, and sometimes drums. On eight of the 13 selections of Livin' on Love, the singer is also joined by Gary Foster on reeds and four French horn players. The other five numbers have her assisted by a quartet with Foster. Greensill provides the tasteful arrangements for the French horns while Foster has many concise solos, sounding a bit like Stan Getz on tenor. But the main reason for this set's success lies with Wesla Whitfield, who sings with sensitivity, light swing, and beauty throughout the 11 standards and two obscurities. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.83) - "Wesla Whitfield precedes nine of her 13 gems with those neglected scene-setters, and in the capable lips of someone with operatic and dramatic training, these songs take on new meaning."
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