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A Perfect Time - Drummers and Other Friends

by Janis Mann

Her rich, earthy alto and satiny style (with lipstick traces) cuts straight to the emotional core and her intonation, phrasing and time are unimpeachable, as well.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All My Tomorrows
5:51 album only
2. Summer Night
6:29 album only
3. Sharing the Night With the Blues
4:11 album only
4. Quietly There
6:35 album only
5. Can't Get Out of This Mood
4:32 album only
6. The Meaning of the Blues
6:11 album only
7. Cool
4:26 album only
8. Someone to Light Up My Life
5:41 album only
9. Young and Foolish
4:29 album only
10. Everything Happens to Me
5:31 album only
11. Love Walked In
4:27 album only
12. Watch What Happens
4:18 album only
13. Just in Time
4:25 album only
14. Once in a While
3:41 album only
15. Old Devil Moon (feat. Diane Schuur)
5:29 album only
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Album Notes
"A Perfect Time: Drummers and Other Friends" is, indeed, a perfect time to acquaint yourself with a truly splendid vocalist. Mann, who originally hails from Brooklyn and has now settled in L.A., is owner and operator of a splendid instrument that owes as much to June Christy as it does to Sarah Vaughan. She possesses the unique ability to be simultaneously cool and sultry, to seem as crystalline as Baccarat's finest yet smoky as a Dietrich film festival, and to suggest that she's just stepped out of the 1950s while sounding utterly contemporary.

As the album's title hints, Mann's intent is to celebrate her admiration for first-class drummers by dividing the 15 tracks among four of the very best, with Peter Erskine, Joe LaBarbera and Roy McCurdy each sitting in for four tracks and Paul Kreibich stick-handling the remaining three. The four lads' contributions are expectedly superb. But, being the pros they are, all are far more interested in keeping their brilliance in the background, pushing Mann's magnificent voice fully in the spotlight. (Oh, and while we're on the subject of superlative accompaniment, it is imperative to add that bassists Chuck Berghofer and John Clayton deserve high praise for their equally subdued, equally gorgeous work.) The exquisite way in which Mann, with considerable assistance from arranger, producer and pianist Tamir Hendelman, finesses the likes of "Love Walked In," "Just in Time," "Once in a While" and "Watch What Happens" is beyond compare.

But what makes A Perfect Time most pleasurable is Mann's ability to dig up less-familiar chestnuts -- Harry Warren's softly wistful "Summer Night," Johnny Mandel's heartbreakingly wishful "Quietly There," Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn's joyously optimistic "All My Tomorrows" and the cautionary West Side Story anthem "Cool" (performed with such keenly intelligent precision that it sounds more choreographed than arranged) -- and transform them into the luminous gems they deserve to be.

-- Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes Magazine, Nov. 2008

For more info visit: www.janismann.com

"A first class jazz singer!" Scott Yanow, jazz critic and author, proclaims. At once both a striking song stylist and a fearless improviser, Janis Mann is that rare artist who can sweep you away with her captivating sound. She is a true jazz singer in the manner of Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, and Shirley Horn, yet with a sound all her own. An exciting and engaging performer, Janis' rich timbre, flexibility, and range often invite comparisons to Sarah Vaughan. "Janis has great stage presence, a flexible and powerful voice, and great arrangements. The way she weighs and colors the lyrics in her singing place her in rare company." These words by veteran radio host Jim Wilke confirm what fans of this award-winning singer have known for years. Some of the jazz luminaries she has sung or recorded with include: Roy Haynes, Diane Schuur, Jack Sheldon, John Clayton, Roy McCurdy, Tamir Hendelman, Peter Erskine, Joe LaBarbera, Jeff Clayton, Paul Kreibich, Chuck Berghofer, Jon Mayer, Ross Tompkins, John Heard, Dave Frishberg and Don Lanphere, earning their praises.

A native New Yorker, Janis is newly returned to Southern California after more than a decade on the Northwest jazz scene. She has quickly and obviously become a local favorite, her performances a hit in L.A.'s best rooms including Catalina's, The Vic, The A-Frame, and Steamers. "This exceptional jazz vocalist has been making waves with her recent performances. Good stuff!" notes Brick Wahl of the L.A. Weekly. In addition to her own popular shows, Janis often performs on stage with jazz legend Diane Schuur, including recent appearances at Humphrey's, Yoshi's, and in Las Vegas.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Janis grew up on Long Island, drawing inspiration from her mom, a gifted singer, who would play for her the music of the great jazz singers like Sarah, Nat, and Ella. She studied classical piano and later, indulging her growing passion for folk music, learned the guitar. In her late teens, Janis packed up her guitar and headed for Europe. She supported herself in her travels by playing and singing in the cafes of Paris and Amsterdam and in the Middle East. After returning to New York, she fronted a popular R&B band, and then made the move to Los Angeles.

After a number of years in which she played in clubs throughout L.A., Janis moved to Seattle where she became a renowned vocalist winning numerous fans. She was voted Northwest Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the Earshot Jazz poll of fans, musicians, and critics. She recorded her third CD, "So Many Stars - A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan," live at Seattle's world famous Jazz Alley.

Janis' new CD, "A Perfect Time: Drummers and Other Friends," is her latest in a string of critically acclaimed recordings. It is an homage to jazz drummers and features drum greats Peter Erskine, Joe LaBarbera, Paul Kreibich, and Roy McCurdy along with pianist (and the CD's producer) Tamir Hendelman, bassists John Clayton and Chuck Berghofer, and saxophonist Jeff Clayton. A special bonus on the disc features Janis in a duet performance with Diane Schuur. And speaking of jazz drummers, the legendary Roy Haynes exclaimed after Mann performed with his trio: "Great singer, great feel! I haven't heard anyone like Janis in years!"



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James Cadle

Janis Mann is my nomination for jazz performer of the decade. Every number on this CD is perfectly arranged and performed. Top that off with the excellent musicians who accompanies her, and this work deserves five stars.