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- Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
"This is a debut CD for Chicago singer, Bardelle, who impresses from several standpoints. First and foremost, she takes on a lyric with respect, never adding unnecessary flourishes. She also chooses great material, much of which is not often performed. An impressive initial effort all around."
- Portland Jazz Society
"Arlene Bardelle has a sexy, sultry voice which is highlighted especially on 'Blame It On My Youth' and 'Don't Ever Leave Me'."
- Keizo Takada, Record Collector's Magazine in Japan
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- Don't Go To Strangers
Beyond McNabb being a great vocalist, there is quite
a line up of impressive guests starting with Grammy
Nominated and five time Downbeat Critics and Readers
poll winner Joey DeFrancesco. He is featured on
the album with his trio-including Jake Langley on
guitar and drummer Bryon 'Wookie' Landham. The traditional
piano trio is also represented with DeFrancesco
on piano Tony Banda on bass and Ramon Banda on drums.
The Banda Brothers are Los Angeles based and were
key players for Grammy Winner, Poncho Sanchez. A
real treat too is "Meditation" in which
Steve Gadd (the most in demand and influential drummer,
recorded with everybody from Eric Clapton and Paul
McCartney to James Taylor) lays it down and Joey
DeFrancesco plays a style of retro Latin piano and
the vocals float perfectly on top. Intermitted are
two duo cuts with Chicago based jazz pianist, Tommy
Muellner. The two duo cuts, Johnny Mandel's "Close
Enough for Love" and Bill Evans "We will
Meet Again" have a great deal of space and
rawness, in which you can enjoy her voice and phrasing
and clearly note that Muellner's playing was greatly
influenced by pianist Bill Evans. A somber reflective
"For All We Know" ends the album with
jazz legends Buddy Montgomery (Wes and Monk Montgomery's
younger brother) on piano, and Joe Chambers (composer
and player with Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, and
Max Roach) on drums.
"Don't Go to Strangers" is a great
compilation of not only great songs, but a representation
of some of the best jazz artists in the world. We
look forward to her next release. – Lucy
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Sonny G. with Joey DeFrancesco, Tommy Muellner,
Kelly Sill, Phil Gratteau, Bob Ojeda, Bob Centano
and Loren Binford
This C.D. was recorded in two sessssions. The musicians
BELOW have worked with some of the greatestst musicians
in the world and there is not enough space to list
Joey Defrancesco, Organ: Joey and
I have been friends for 5 years. He is a great musician
with a unique talent and just listening to him is
not only a pleasure but a lesson in harmonics. We
not only have the love of music in common but also
the love of food which sometimes is all we talk
about. He is a great hang. I cannot thank him enough
for his playing and input on this album.
Tom Muellner, Piano: Tom and I
have been close friends for 13 years, we not only
work together but also hang out almost every week.
He is a great jazz pianist as well as a great accompanist.
He has been a great help in my understanding of
music, as well as promoting me to other musicians
and encouraging me to make this album. His energy
and take charge attitude on both sessions really
helped me. Without this and his direction, I could
not have gotten through the sessions.
Bill Klewitz, Guitar: Bill and
I also have been close friends for 13 years, and
Bill, Tom and I have been referred to as the three
musketeers because we are always together. Bill
is a very good yet underrated guitarist who provides
what the song needs, whether its rhythm, chordal
or solo playing. He also knows many songs from the
early years (20s thru 60s) and since I also have
that knowledge we always look for and work out some
beautiful obscure songs. He is also a great photographer
with a super photo collection of Jazz musicians,
and took all the photos on this album.
Phil Gratteau, Drums: Phil and
I have been friends for 5 years, he is a great percussionist
and we work together occasionally only because his
services are very much in demand and has a heavy
work schedule. He has a great sense of timing and
rhythm and can color a song with his beautiful tempos.
Phil didn't say much in the session but when he
did he was right on the money with his suggestions.
He is a quite giant and a great hang.
(Tom Muellner: Piano - Bill Klewitz: Guitar - Phil
Kelly Sill, Bass: Kelly and I have
been friends for 5 years, he is a wonderful bassist
with a great conception of what a song should sound
like. We have worked together on many occasions,
but his services also are very much in demand and
its hard to find a night when he is not working.
We enjoy when we are working together and have our
little jokes and quips. He also brought a lot of
energy to the session, and between him and Tom they
took charge and controlled the session. I can't
thank them enough.
Bob Centano, Saxophone: Bob and
I have been very close friends for 13 years, and
has been the one who influenced me to sing by letting
me sing with his bands as well as with his combos,
he has hired me a lot and opened new doors for me.
I probably would not be in the business if not for
Bob Ojeda, Trumpet: Bob and I have
been friends for 9 years he was introduced to me
by Bob Centano who has been his very close friend
and musical partner since they were kids. I did
not see much of him for years as he was traveling
with the Count Basie band and would only see each
other on holidays or the band's break time or at
one of Bob Centano's parties. He is a great musician
as well as arranger and composer and I can't say
enough about him except I am very proud he was on
Lorin Binford, Trombone: Lorin
and I have been friends for 5 years and is an excellent
musician who has done much studio work. He has great
musical knowledge and sense that comes from his
being able to sing the song as well as play it.