Ellen Johnson | Too Good To Title

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Too Good To Title

by Ellen Johnson

Expressive jazz vocals with an extraordinary range and unique repertoire that can "groove, swing, and execute ballads as gracefully as a dolphin in the ocean"and features the great alto saxophonist Charles McPherson.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Peggy's Blue Skylight
7:09 $0.99
2. Prelude To A Kiss
7:03 $0.99
3. Twisted
5:49 $0.99
4. Edith And The Kingpin
4:58 $0.99
5. BIll Remembered
5:20 $0.99
6. Waltz For Debby
3:37 $0.99
7. Heaven
3:57 $0.99
8. A Girl Can Dream, Can't She?
4:52 $0.99
9. T.G.T.T. (Too Good To Title)
6:14 $0.99
10. TV News Blues
6:25 $0.99
11. My Romance
4:14 $0.99
12. Way Over Yonder
4:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
The versatile and highly appealing Ellen Johnson made her debut with "Too Good To Title", a memorable set that mixes together standards and originals in a fresh creative way.l

Praised by critics as "the most promising jazz singer of the 1990's" and called "an ambitious young singer with impressive sass and class" by JazzTimes magazine, Ellen has successfully created a CD well worth noting.

The CD features the great alto saxophonist, Charles McPherson on the Mingus composition "Peggy's Blue Skylight" with lyrics by Ms Johnson. This accoustic jazz collaboration of piano, bass, drums, percussion and occassional synthesizer treatment is the perfect complement to Ellen's stunning and expressive 3 1/2 octave range.

The CD is an inspiring trip off the beaten path of typical jazz vocalist selections with an inventive style using the voice as an instrument.

"Too Good To Title's" vocals range from deep down depressing soul searching tenderness to upbeat craziness.

As Step Jazz magazine suggests, "Find it, buy it, and play it. A lot!".

Well, you just found it...



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anthony moreno/ a.m.e.entertainment

she delivers the goods
ellen johnsons' cd too good to title takes you back to an era when jazz was swinging and back to more subtle times as well, sassy,confident,versatile.she delivers the goods along with an a list of musicians to back her vocals.i highly recommend it.

Juliette Singler, San Diego National Teachers of Singing Preside

Ms. Johnson takes an adventurous approach to the vocals on this CD, taking off in unexpected directions and giving the listener much more than what is generally found on vocal jazz CDs. If you're a student of the art form, you'll get plenty of ideas here.