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A soulful vocalist with a soaring, sensuous quality, a sly, seasoned
delivery and natural sense of swing, Chris McNulty imparts her own unique
magic interpreting jazz standards, as she showcased so confidently on last
year's “I Remember You” On Dance Delicioso, her followup and fifth album
overall, the Australian-born singer showcases more of her own considerable
songwriting prowess as well as having her way with Cole Porter's “All Of
You,” Bobby Troup's “Meaning of the Blues”, Gene DePaul's“Star Eyes” and
Annie Lennox's “Primitive.”
Backed by a crew of New York killers in guitarist Paul Bollenback,
saxophonists Gary Bartz, Gary Thomas and Dave Pietro, pianists Mulgrew
Miller, John DiMartino and David Budway, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer
Billy Hart, McNulty stakes out some Brazilian-flavored territory on her “New
Day,” “Only The Silence” and the alluring title track. Her poignant “Farewell” is performed as an intimate duet with Bollenback on acoustic
guitar while she reveals some daring scat abandon on the modal romp
“Roamin”. And for a real change of pace, she affects a lush, chamber-like
aesthetic on the Celtic-flavored “He Moves Through The Fair.”
distinguishes herself as one of the elite jazz singers on the scene with
this tasty, varied program.
Primitive (additional sample)
He Moved Through the Fair
All of You
of the Blues
Only the Silence
Last Farewell - reprise
Chris McNulty voice
Bollenback guitars (except 4)
Gary Bartz alto sax (2, 4 , 9, 10)
Mulgrew Miller piano (4, 10, 11)
Sonny Barbato accordion (5, 6)
Eric Friedlander cello (3)
Ugonna Okegwo acoustic bass
Billy Hart drums (except for 3)
Cafe da Silva percussion (1, 5, 6, 7); pandeira (5)
Gary Thomas tenor saxophone (2, 6, 8)
John DiMartino piano (1, 2, 6, 8)
Dave Pietro soprano saxophone (2, 3, 7)
David Budway piano (5, 6, 9)
Joel Frahm saxaphones
Café da Silva percussion
© 2005 Elefant Dreams; ELefant Dreams
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at Clinton Studios, NYC (Nov. 23-24, 2004) | Engineered by Dave Darlington
Mixed by Dave Darlington & Robert Sadin, Bass Hit Recording (Dec. 4-5, 2004) & Sony Studios (Dec. 22, 2004).
Mastered by Mark Wildner, Sony Music Studios (Jan. 4, 2005)
Production Assistant: Caroline Chapman Beck | Costume-wardrobe: Jane Wilson Marquis
Graphic Design: Alamini Design, NYC | Photography: Char Smullyan and Seichi
Lighting: Arnold Brown
Many thanks to Paul Bollenback. To the wonderful musicians and singers who contributed their
unique and extraordinary talents to this project. Special thanks to Mulgrew Miller and Gary Bartz
for so much inspiration over the years. Eave Darlington and Bob Sadin, Char, Dan Smullyan, Jane Wilson Marquis,
Thank you to the McNulty family. Extra special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. B, without whom this project would not have been possible.
This music is dedicated to all who have lost their lives to the ravages of war.