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Angel Eyes

by Barbara Knight

With a voice that critics have called "warm, silky, alluring, inviting, and even "caramely", Barbara presents a diverse set of classic jazz standards featuring unique arrangements, exciting duets, and an all-star lineup of musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'm Beginning To See The Light
3:54 $0.99
2. Spring Is Here
4:03 $0.99
3. You Go To My Head
5:00 $0.99
4. A Single Flower
5:08 $0.99
5. Angel Eyes
5:13 $0.99
6. Secret Love
1:47 $0.99
7. Garota de Ipanema
4:37 $0.99
8. You Don't Know What Love Is
5:52 $0.99
9. Skylark
2:50 $0.99
10. What Is This Thing Called Love
4:49 $0.99
11. Choices
4:43 $0.99
12. Lullaby of Birdland
3:13 $0.99
13. Old Devil Moon
4:15 $0.99
14. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
4:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Angel Eyes", the second release by vocalist Barbara Knight, was well worth the wait. This recording is an amazing journey for Barbara, one she shares with Russell Schmidt on piano, David Morgan on bass, Jim Rupp on drums, and Jack Schantz on flugelhorn. The small-band setting lets her spread her wings and soar, as she introduces fresh interpretations of the classic jazz standards, arranged by renowned bassist David Morgan as well as several by Barbara herself. Two of the songs on this CD are originals written by band members, the achingly beautiful “A Single Flower” by saxophonist Howie Smith and Morgan’s own “Choices”, both tunes including new lyrics by Barbara. Another memorable feature of the CD are the four duets, each with a different member of the band, making this recording unmatched by any other in the vocal jazz genre.


"Vocalist Barbara Knight....regularly delivers for the CJO (and in her own shows) with a warm, silky and inviting vocal delivery that has earned high praise by critics and fans alike. Her 14-tune set of "all-time favorites" called Angel Eyes might be a couple years old now, but it may have the most clarity of purpose for any local jazz vocal release to date.

Accompanied by an all-star cast that includes Russell Schmidt (piano), Jack Schantz (flugelhorn), Dave Morgan (bass), Jim Rupp (drums), and guests Howie Smith (saxophones) and Ron Busch (vibraphone), Knight's loving, mid-range voice radiates passion and exudes the glow usually reserved for the orange embers of a late autumn fire. From the uptempo rendition of "You Go To My Head" (which spotlights solo pizzaz by Schantz) to unique renditions of "Old Devil Moon," "Spring Is Here" and the Johnny Mercer/ Hoagy Carmichael dream "Skylark," there's something to fit every mood. Knight's disc has it all: tight arrangements, a brilliant jazz songbook set list, session musician pedigree and a sweet, alluring (if not caramely) voice that begs for repeated spins.

Knight is a dream come true for jazz vocal aficionados and accessible enough to please first-timers as well. Either way, she'll win you over in no time."

Peter Chakerian, Cool Cleveland Managing Editor

"Having not heard Barbara Knight before, I was very surprised by her creativity, maturity, warm voice and excellent improvising skills.....Dave Morgan and the singer are responsible for the colorful arrangements. Such songs as "You Go To My Head," "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Old Devil Moon" are given fresh treatments full of subtle surprises, making this CD a perfect introduction to Barbara Knight, a singer who takes chances and has the technique and abilities to constantly succeed."

Scott Yanow, jazz critic, Los Angeles Jazz Scene magazine

"Vocalist Barbara Knight delivers a diverse 14-tune set of all-time favorites, accompanied by Russell Schmidt (piano), Dave Morgan (bass), Jim Rupp (drums), Jack Schantz (flugelhorn) and guests Howie Smith (saxophones on two tracks) and Ron Busch (vibraphone on one track).... Knight’s warm, mid-range voice caresses each song with meaning. At any tempo, she is comfortable with the lyrics and injects fresh air into each song, most arranged by Morgan. Among the best, an up tempo version of “You Go To My Head” also spotlights a fine solo by Schantz. “You Don’t Know What Love Is” is nicely refashioned by Knight and crew. The title tune, arranged by Knight, is delivered with smoky feeling heightened by funky bass lines from Morgan and Schantz’s flugelhorn musings. Smith adds punch to “What Is This Thing Called Love?”, given a funky beat by Knight’s arrangement. The fare includes unique takes on “Spring Is Here,” “Skylark” (performed in duet with Schantz) “Lullaby of Birdland,” “Old Devil Moon,” and more....A good choice of material, unique arrangements, solid musicianship and Knight’s lovely voice make this CD one you’ll want to replay. For more info on Knight, check out www.barbaraknight.net"

Nancy Ann Lee, jazz critic, Jazz and Blues Report

"Barbara Knight's CD, "Angel Eyes," is a honey. Not only does the lissome singer refresh chestnuts such as "I'm Beginning To See the Light," "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," she endows co-producer Dave Morgan's "Choices" with her own sensitive lyrics and gives plenty of breathing room to her illustrious friends....They back her with verve and unexpected daring on the title track, a sultry "Garota de Ipanema" and two tunes in which Knight's coolly defiant approach rings particularly true: "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "What Is This Thing Called Love?" Knight's voice is measured and understated, but she knows how to make a song burn with a singular, quiet fire."

Carlo Wolff, jazz critic and author of "Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories"



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charles straub

angel eyes
great album! actually saw barbara at a cleveland jazz club call Nighttown several days after receiving the cd and got an autograph and a conversation with a very cool lady with a terrific voice. pick up this cd you wont be sorry!