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Moment of Truth [Melissa Walker]


  • 1. Seventeen
    2. Upside Down
    3. If I Should Lose You
    4. What Do I Know
    5. Come on Home
    6. Invitation
    7. For John
    8. Portrait of Equinox
    9. Naima
    10. Ev'ry Time
    11. Yesterdays
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9365

  • Credits
    ProducerMelissa Walker
    EngineerMichael Marciano

    Personnel includes: Melissa Walker (vocals); Steve Wilson (alto & soprano saxophones, flute); Craig Handy (tenor saxophone); George Colligan (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass); Clarence Penn (drums); Steve Kroon (percussion).
    Personnel: Melissa Walker (vocals); Paul Bollenback (guitar); Steve Wilson (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Craig Handy (tenor saxophone); George Colligan (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Clarence Penn (drums); Steve Kroon (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Michael Marciano.
    Liner Note Authors: Melissa Walker; Eugene Holley, Jr.
    Recording information: Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY (12/15/1998/12/16/1998).
    Photographers: John Abbott ; Jon Abbot.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Leslie Naamon; Julie Kerr.
    Arrangers: Melissa Walker; Clarence Penn; Larry Willis; Norman Simmons; Bruce Barth.
    On her third album overall but first to be widely available in the U.S., Melissa Walker confirms earlier impressions that she is a promising contender in the competition to replace the royalty of female jazz singers who left the scene in the 1980s and '90s. The album is a showcase for her range of talents, from the surprising opener, Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," to standards like "Yesterdays," the vocalese number "Come On Home," and "Upside Down" by Brazilian pop star Djavan. At the center is a four-song tribute to John Coltrane that includes a seven-minute version of "Invitation" with generous solo time for tenor saxophonist Craig Handy, the original "Portrait Of Equinox" (music by drummer Clarence Penn, lyrics by Walker) with soprano saxophone solos by Steve Wilson, and Coltrane's own "Naima" with French lyrics by Mimi Perrin. Unlike some of her competitors, Walker never oversings, preferring to place her effects carefully and always working well with her band. But it is her conscious control over her singing that marks her as a still-developing singer, more student than performer. In a field so steeped in tradition, that's perhaps inevitable for any young artist. You simply can't sing "Yesterdays" without evoking Billie Holiday, for example, but Walker gives the song her own interpretation without ever risking a note out of place. Moment Of Truth is an early indication of a studied talent that has places to go. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (12/99, p.153) - "...She's an authoritative vocalist with a rich, dark instrument who has assembled a challenging, unhackneyed repertoire....her artistic potential is evident throughout..."
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