Gale Cruz | Hello, It's Me

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Hello, It's Me

by Gale Cruz

Unique vocal interpretations of a wide range of music in a jazz style.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. On a Clear Day
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2. Think of Me (Hello Prologue)
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3. Hello, It's Me
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4. You Don't Know Me
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5. One Less Bell to Answer
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6. Two People
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7. Velas Icadas
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8. Chemistry
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9. People Make the World Go 'round
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10. Too High
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11. A Child Is Born
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Album Notes

Gale Cruz
Hello, It’s Me
Gale Cruz is a technically gifted singer with wide musical interests. She
can sing with the power of the best Broadway singers but fortunately is
much more soulful and a fine improviser who always swings. She loves
and excels at jazz, r&b, funk and fusion, all of which are heard on Hello, It’s
Me. This wide-ranging set features Gale Cruz in several different settings
with the arrangements provided by the two main instrumental soloists:
saxophonist Mario Cruz and keyboardist Addison Frei. Throughout the
program, the singer displays the rare ability of being able to make the most
complex runs sound accessible and effortless.
The set begins with some tricky unisons by Ms. Cruz and tenorsaxophonist
Mario Cruz that becomes a modernized version of “On A Clear
Day.” “Think Of Me” has Gale Cruz and singer Jeremy Smith forming a
choir via overdubs which leads into “Hello It’s Me,” an attractive number
with a subtle Latin feel.
The next two songs feature Gale Cruz joined by the American Jazz
Composer’s Orchestra. She performs one of the most swinging versions
ever of “You Don’t Know Me” (Chris Milyo takes a heated tenor solo) plus
the relatively obscure but rewarding Bacharach/David song “One Less Bell
To Answer,” not being shy to display her love of classic r&b. The soulful
and high-powered love song “Two People” has some hot soprano by Mario
Cruz while the Brazilian “Velas Icadas” features some nice singing in
Portuguese. “Chemistry,” a soulful “People Make The World Go Round”,
and an uptempo rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Too High” feature Gale Cruz
singing fusion with joy, intensity and also sensitivity. She flies over the
funky electric rhythm section, making everything sound easy including on
the potentially difficult “Too High.” Hello, It’s Me concludes with a fine
version of Thad Jones’ “A Child Is Born.”
Gale Cruz is very impressive throughout Hello, It’s Me. She is a talent well
worth discovering.
Scott Yanow, author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers and Jazz On
Record 1917-76

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Deena

a really nice surprise !
While searching for "Hello it's me" (my fav Todd Rundren song) I came across many "covers" , I poked around and came across this version. I was like WOW !!! how Cool, ....so I listened to a few more cuts and just bought it. This is an AWESOME CD!, I am a singer-musician and so is my husband and we really appreciated the arrangements & the musicianship . I really love Gales voice. So easy to listen to. It's refreshing to hear a singer just SING a song and not try to over complicate things. Sometimes you come across something very special not even looking for it !
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Rick Myers

Hello, It's Me
This is a fine listening experience. Gale Cruz has that kind of voice that stays with you. A very rich lovely tone that wraps around each song as she gently makes it her own. But Gale is just one of many fine musicians gathered at this very elegant party where each participant makes their talent shine. Sit back and relax and enjoy this ride. The seatbelt sign is off. Thank you Ms. Cruz for inviting us to your party. What a pleasure it has been.
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Richard Myers

Smooth Ride to a great height
Beautiful collection of music performed by a very talented crew. Gale Cruz has that kind of voice that haunts your memory with it's rich tones as she gently makes each song her own. Best of all she is performing with a very talented group of artists and each one shines at this elegant party. Sit back and relax, the seat belt is definitely off on this beautiful flight. Thanks for inviting me to your very memorable party Gale.
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Ross

Fantastic sound
A great mix of fast-paced and smooth jazz. Looking forward to hearing more. Keep em coming Gale!
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Mark

Outstanding and Fun!
Such a refreshing recording! Somehow Gale Cruz has managed to take this collection of songs that were amazing to begin with, and taken them to yet another level! Outstanding performances that are nuanced yet seemingly effortless. It's so exciting to hear some new music that doesn't sound like everything else! Well done!
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Sandra Kaye

Gale The Great!
From start to finish, this CD is on FIRE! Absolutely brilliant!
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MD Floyd

Hello, It's Me
A very pleasing collection of standards produced by professionals, highlighted with the vocals of Gale Cruz. I'm fortunate to have had Gale narrate my Audible.com book, so I knew her CD would be good before I even pressed the Start button.
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