Mary Foster Conklin | Crazy Eyes

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Crazy Eyes

by Mary Foster Conklin

A New York based vocalist whose set is an eclectic mix of standards and contemporary material, which deliver a powerful evening of in-your-face swing
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Crazy Eyes
3:47 album only
2. The Gentleman Is a Dope
3:06 album only
3. Baby Talk
3:32 album only
4. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
3:21 album only
5. Slow Boat to China (The China Tour)
4:04 album only
6. Dead Presidents
2:24 album only
7. Goody Goody
3:51 album only
8. Mad About You
3:10 album only
9. Some Cats Know
4:50 album only
10. Fried Bananas
4:30 album only
11. Billy's Blues
3:10 album only
12. How Can I Be Sure
3:51 album only
13. Only Trust Your Heart
4:41 album only
14. You'll Never Get Me Out of Your Mind
3:02 album only


Album Notes
SPRING 2006 UPDATE: Mary has finished her third recording, a tribute to the pianist/singer/songwriter Matt Dennis. The working title: "Blues For Breakfast". Release should be in October 2006. Details to follow...


Praised by the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS as "a delicious jazz-blues singer with a smoky, sensuous sound" (Wayman Wong)

"Her style is precisely balanced between jazz and cabaret. Scratch her witty tough-girl-from-Jersey patter and you'll find a sensitive artist (but not frail!) with a wide-ranging, boldly colored voice and an open ear for offbeat material." - (Terry Teachout, The Washington Post)

"Conklin delves into a wide range of music. Her takes on blues singer Ann Rabson's 'You'll Never Get Me Out of Your Mind', classics like 'The Gentleman is a Dope' and a sensational run through the treacherous bopstacle course 'Fried Bananas' prove the finesse of a veteran singer." - (Ken Dryden, The Chattanooga Free Press)

"CRAZY EYES indicated that Conklin was someone jazz fans should keep an eye on." - (Alex Henderson, All-Music Guide)

"This is the break-up album of all time. Hear it for the songs, and for Mary's infectious voice. Throughout she shows strength, humor, attitude, and charm. And that is a heady combination." - (John Barrett, Jr.,

"Conklin has a deep, smoky voice that doesn't wrap itself around a note so much as it taps the note on the noggin and says, 'Be cool!' Her stock in trade is phrasing; she employs deft syncopation to reveal fresh insights in melody and meaning. That method is most apparent in her signature song, "Crazy Eyes" (also the title tune of her CD). Other songs may be arranged more subtly, but phrasing of that nature is always at the center of Conklin's art. Whether delivering a bouncy, uptempo song called "El Cajon" or settling into a piercing, slow ballad like "Small Day Tomorrow," she finds the jazz rhythms that highlight the words rather than using the words to highlight the music."
(Barbara & Scott Siegel -



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Stunning vocals; fun, fast and passionate!
It's hard to find jazz that isn't self-indulgent - so hearing Conklin's pure, exciting vocals of some terrific classics and surprising takes on more contemporary tunes was pure joy! Superb!

Dave Bickman

great song selection - spirited singing-top drawer piano playing
Having recently become a big fan of the group Dave's True Story, I bought this because of the 4 songs written by Dave Cantor. It was nice to learn his songs translate well from the guitar to piano. All the other songs on this CD are worthwhile and the arrangements, performances (especially the piano solos) and sound are first rate - thoroughly musical and enjoyable. Head and shoulders above the usual self-indulgent "cabaret" fare.