Mary Ellen Spann : Little Red Robin

CD [Cover Art for Mary Ellen Spann / Little Red Robin] Your Price: $15.84
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Sell date: 10/2002
Label: CD Baby
Mfg's Catalog#: 5637395
CDC Part#: 607675
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 Notes & Reviews
 
QUOTES: 'Mary Ellen Spann displays strong potential to become houshold name. Little Red Robin is easily recommended.' Scott Yanow, L.A, Jazz Scene 'Mary Ellen has a singular talent for caressing a ballad and putting her own individual stamp upon it. She has a knack for picking great old songs but doing them in a thoroughly contemporary way.' Jim Clark, Host, Jazz Nightly, South Dakota Public Radio 'Lovely voice, good musical selections, a fine time in the land of pop standards. Take one Little Red Robin and call me in the morning.' John Scalzi, IndieCrit.Com 'Mary Ellen has that unique combination of looks, voice, talent, sensitivity and professionalism that make her a complete and enjoyable entertainer. Her expressive vocals and original work combined with sultry standards made our evening of jazz a dazzling success.' Sue Kohl, Culturals Arts Events, City of Henderson, NV. 'Spann gracefully keeps songs swinging. This CD highlights her smooth golden tones.' JazzReview.Com 'Mary Ellen sings with a warm smile as though she had a scret she is willing to share with you.' Alan Lambert, Host, KBEZ, Tulsa, OK 'Our listeners would be pleased if we played almost non-stop Mary Ellen Spann.' Rambo, Host, KUOO, University of Okoboji, IA BIO: Jazz music lovers receive a fulfilling four-course meal with Mary Ellen Spann's latest release, Little Red Robin. Lush, expressive, intimate vocals sung by Spann; interesting, 'outside of the box' arrangements; time transcending tunes and top-notch players all contribute to make this a must have in any music lover's library. Little Red Robin is Spann's third CD and the second on her label, China Alley Records. The result is a collection of 10 musical gems from the past and one of Spann's originals, 'Guess I Lost Me for Awhile.' Little Red Robin also marks Spann's first time out as producer. 'I didn't want to be predictable regarding the arrangements of these tunes. I have always wanted to record Tea for Two in waltz time with an accordion and They Were You from The Fantastiks with a classical guitar in 4/4 time. It completely altered the feel of these songs, made them feel more intimate.' To make this dream and vision come to fruition Spann called the 'crEme de la crEme' of Texas based musicians. She had worked with guitarist, Joe Lee, on her last project, Heart Soar, and had chosen tunes specifically with him in mind on this latest effort. 'Working with Joe is a dream. His playing is magical and he climbs effortlessly into the world of the song you're trying to create.' Lee Tomboulian, on keyboard and accordion, was another player she had worked with on Heart Soar. Spann states, 'He is a tremendously versatile and brilliant player with a great sense of humor.' Dan Wojciechowski plays drums on six of the tracks, 'One of the most intuitive players I have had the pleasure of working with. He was right on every step of the way and so completely delightful. Wayne Delano, on saxophone, was a musician I had not worked with previously, but I had heard about him. His beautiful tone and ultra-creative solo work is truly inspiring.' Spann also used a second group of musicians that she had performed with. 'I wanted to work with Noel Johnston, on guitar and Joel Fountain, on drums, in a recording situation and I'm so glad we had this opportunity to collaborate because they were terrific. Noel played one of the most beautifully expressive classical guitar solos on Willow Weep for Me.' Like Spann's previous CD, Heart Soar, which consisted mainly of her original work and two cover tunes by Jobim and Gershwin, this one, too, has a Latin thread sewn through it. 'I just can't seem to ignore that gravitational pull to South of the equator, in my own writing and what I hear in my head instrumentation-wise,' states Spann. 'My goal in producing is to take the listener on a journey.' Heart Soar (co-produced with Colin Boyd) traveled continents and genres and Little Red Robin is said to be an exploration of human emotions. From the extreme heights of joy to the depths of despair, the overriding message of this latest w

 
 Tracks
 
Hallelujah! I Love Him
What a Little Moonlight Can Do
When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin Along
They Were You
Willow Weep for Me
Tea for Two
Show Me
Guess I Lost Me for Awhile
Travelin' Light
I Cover the Waterfront
Sail Away