Callaway, Ann Hampton
Telarc, 2006, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Ballads, Blues
O’s Notes: Ann sings with a lot of expression as evidenced on the title track. The program consists of 12 blues songs but nothing that is sad or whining. Callaway is happy and upbeat, even electrifying on “Lover Come Back To Me” with some great scatting. The band behind her ranges from 2 pieces to the Diva Jazz Orchestra led by drummer Sherrie Maricle. Christian McBride (b), Lewis Nash (d) and Ted Rosenthal (p) highlight the smaller ensembles. The harmonizing with Liz Callaway is excellent on “When the Sun Comes Out” and Ann adds some welcoming secondary vocals on several other tracks as well. She has a lot of soul. There is a lot to enjoy here and we certainly did!
Publicist: Telarc Jazz