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May I Feel

  • 1. I'm a Fool to Want You
    2. Time for Love, A
    3. Dancing in the Wings
    4. Love Is
    5. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
    6. Ruby, My Dear
    7. Never Let Me Go
    8. Miss Otis Regrets
    9. Little Wishes
    10. Old Country, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9335

  • Credits
    ProducerGary Bartz
    EngineerMichael Marciano

    Personnel: Melissa Walker (vocals); Paul Bollenback (guitar); Gary Bartz (soprano & alto saxophones); Terell Stafford (trumpet, flugelhorn); George Colligan (piano); James King (bass); Clarence Penn (drums); Steve Kroon (percussion).
    Recorded at Systems Two, Brooklyn, New York on July 1 & 2, 1997. Includes liner notes by W. Royal Stokes.
    Personnel: Melissa Walker (vocals); Paul Bollenback (guitar); Gary Bartz (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Terell Stafford (trumpet, flugelhorn); George Colligan (piano); Clarence Penn (drums); Steve Kroon (percussion).
    Liner Note Author: W. Royal Stokes.
    Recording information: Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY (07/01/1997-07/02/1997).
    Photographer: Stephanie Sullivan.
    Melissa Walker's debut recording as a leader is impressive for a number of reasons. Gifted with a deeply expressive voice, and a terrific supporting cast of musicians, including trumpeter and flugelhornist Terell Stafford (her husband), saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist George Colligan, guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist James King, drummer Clarence Penn, and percussionist Steve Kroon, Walker finds fresh approaches to several very familiar songs. "I'm a Fool to Want You" finds it groove immediately with her sensitive vocal over a hip rhythm section, accented by Bartz's powerful alto sax solo. Colligan's whispering piano provides the perfect accompaniment for her gorgeous vocal to "A Time for Love." Penn's light, swinging brushes, Stafford's darting muted trumpet, and Bollenback's quick runs all assist Walker in her swinging rendition of "What a Little Moonlight Can Do." Bartz's soprano sax is a highlight of her waltz treatment of Cole Porter's oddball "Miss Otis Regrets," which Walker sings very effectively. Her gospel background is evident in her inspired original, "Love Is." This is a brilliant start for a very promising singer. ~ Ken Dryden

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