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When the Sun Comes Out

by Amy Banks

Reminiscent of the early greats, Amy breathes new life into classic jazz standards with her beguiling bop sensibility, refined blues stylings and delicately executed angst - a must have for fans of the female voice.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. How High the Moon
4:04 $0.99
2. Poetry Man
4:45 $0.99
3. Devil May Care
3:42 $0.99
4. When the Sun Comes Out
5:00 $0.99
5. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)
7:24 $0.99
6. It Keeps You Runnin'
5:27 $0.99
7. Foul Play
2:40 $0.99
8. Ruined For the Rest
3:52 $0.99
9. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)
6:26 $0.99
10. Skylark
3:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
Personnel: Steve Rudolph, piano
Allen Farnham, piano
Steve Varner, bass
Rich De Rosa, drums
Tim Warfield, saxophone
Tony Miceli, vibraphones

Banks splendidly interactive debut jazz recording features legendary pianist Allen Farnham. Banks covers a wide dynamic and emotional range on one original composition and nine jazz standards. With technical ease and creative imagination, Banks shows she is a rare and extraordinary vocalist.

"How High the Moon" begins the journey with an emotional rubato statement of the melody that flares into a joyous driving swing, conveying energetic and unadulterated jazz. With "How High the Moon," conjured feelings of reaching to the stars fill your mind; "Poetry Man," takes you on a sultry and sexual outlay of emotion. Tim Warfield blazes into a forward motion of complexities within his solo to compliment Banks and her potent vocal delivery. "Devil May Care," certainly a well-covered standard also receives the silky vocal styling of Banks, with a solid bed of swinging groove provided by her all-star cast of musicians. Banks displays her range as she stretches her vocal chords on "When the Sun Comes Out." Her bluesy articulation is delicate but forceful as she belts the core of the story line right to your heart.
As the title suggests "I Get Along Without You Very Well," heartbreaking discord surrounds the mood of this rendition. The portrayal of loneliness and mystery are perfectly expressed by Banks. "It Keeps You Running," is a tasteful presentation of Michael McDonald's legendary hit song sprinkled with overtones of "All Blues." Banks waxes melodic on "Foul Play," a nice parlay into Banks penned track "Ruined for the Rest." Banks composition is a highlight of the offering with a bouncing lilted swing coupled with Banks fiery scatting style and lighthearted appeal. Steve Varner serves up a pithy, effective solo transitioning nicely into the next cut "Lover Man," which begins with a scaled poignant entrance of bass and voice. Banks employs panoply of tension notes to increase the intensity of radiance created within this track. As true throughout the album, Banks ends the release with grace and beauty with Hoagey Carmichael's timeless tune "Skylark." Her soaring vocals and haunting rendition leave you desiring to play the CD repeatedly.

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Patricia Graybill

Amy is wonderful! This is a must have CD.
Amy's voice is both sweet and powerful on this CD. Her song choices are diverse and beautiful; there is so much talent going on here with her supporting musicians. I look forward to seeing and hearing more of Amy. We love you.

Richard Wright

Great blend of jazz classics done with personal style
The selection of songs was quite challenging but Amy was up to the task, with this quality jazz vocal CD. When listening to a jazz CD and remembering how other great artist have done their renditions of the songs, you are looking for a similar type version from a fresh new talent. The judges of a certain national talent contest coined a phrase: you made that song your own. Amy does that with all of the songs and for her that is a great thing because she has loads of talent and great style. I look forward to great anticapation to the next CD that Amy releases.

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What a beautiful, pleasant, voice
Amy's voice makes jazz music enjoyable to listen to,very pleasant, very soothing...

Beatrix Greiner

Great CD, gee I wish I could sing like dat! Woo, Amy got some power!
This CD is well thought out and contains some very interesting harmonic play. Amy's vocals are strong, lyrical, and melodic and tasty. Buy it. Buy it now. I said NOW!.


Very nice
The music is well done on this cd. Suits quiet time very well. Shipment was extremely fast. Product was received in excellent shape.

George Kunkel

One who knows her way around the Aqua Bar !
Reminiscent of Sara Vaughn,Billie Holliday,etc. Very smoothe cuts,with texture,rich,melodic tones.


Gorgeous stylings
Ms. Banks alternates between exquisite clarity of tone, and rich throatiness, with effortless panache. Her deft note-coloring and -bending are classic. These, she applies throughout her soulful, original interpretations. As listeners, she and her solid, creative ensemble treat us to the knife edge of recognizing their classic sound, but never knowing quite where they'll take us next. I did laugh, smile, and cry. Please give us more, Amy. . . .

Norwood McCoy

Very good music well put together love Amy voice.
I think the songs on the CD was arrange very good.The music was very sharp and clear.

Tony Gonzalez

Captivating voice, exciting arrangements
The perfect backdrop for a quiet, romantic evening.