Judi D. | Nightshade

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Nightshade

by Judi D.

Her voice is rich. She has the essence of the iconic jazz singers in her bones. Choice jazz standards, bossa novas, ballads.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Tenderly
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2. Love Dance
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3. You've Changed
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4. Out of This World
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5. Sophisticated Lady
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6. Up Jumped Spring
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7. If You Went Away
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8. Weaver of Dreams
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9. All of Me (a La King Pleasure)
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10. Small Feats
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11. A House Is Not a Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
With a rhythm section comprised of Kenny Barron (p), Ray Drummond (b), and Leroy Williams (d), Judi D. has released her debut album “Nightshade.” It is filled with wonderful moments, swings throughout and establishes Judi D. as a world-class voice with the hip, cosmopolitan undertone that characterizes New York’s deftest jazz people.-

Ted Panken


Her style borrows heavily from Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae...but there's much more to Judi D. than mere mimicry. She handles Ellington's hugely challenging "Sophisticated Lady" with just the right combination of refracted pain, misty disillusion and judgemental disdain. Her "Up Jumped Spring," superbly underlined by Wess' sax, effectively blends unexpected pleasure and thankful satisfaction. Best track: a loose-limbed "All of Me (a la King Pleasure)," that boldly displays the marvelously imaginative spirit of the unfettered Judi.-

Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times Magazine, February 2007


Judi has a strong, fluid contralto voice, with which she inhabits lyrics, making them so utterly convincing that she appears to be drawing from her own life experience. Almost as soon as the laser beam opens "Tenderly," you'll hear shades of Sarah. This is not to say Ms. D. appropriates the sound and style of either Sarah or Carmen. She is very distinctively her own incredible self. Throughout the program, her phrasing and rhythmic audacity are natural and completely in sync with her resilient supporting trio, and her interpretations and readings of "Tenderly," "Love Dance," "Sophisticated Lady," "You've Changed," and "A House Is Not A Home" are as definitive as any I've ever heard. She sings Abbey Lincoln's lyrics to Freddie Hubbard's "Up Jumped Spring" and takes obvious relish in Frank Wess' nicely Byas-ed tenor solo, which is followed by a Ray Drummond bass solo and some deliciously flowing Barron piano. "All of Me" is an absolutely faithful nod in the direction of King Pleasure's 4/14/60 recording of the same tune (based on an Illinois Jacquet solo), with the trio busily stirring Judi's vocal. And one cannot help but hear the singer's own "Small Feats" lyric as a kind of pick-yourself-up musing on her recovery from surgery (in 1995) which involved her vocal cords. You can't help but admire the honesty of the lyric "it's a small feat to stay in the game/life has ups and downs/then a twist, a turn, and then a curve..." Frank Wess plays some elegant flute on "Love Dance" and "If You Went Away," and Barron is masterful in both support and solo on "You've Changed." He is Judi's sole support on the concluding "A House Is Not A Home," and the track is a masterpiece of simpatico. The subtle support from Drummond and Williams throughout attest to their well established preeminence. In short, this is as close to a perfect Jazz vocal recital as any you'll find.-

Alan Bargebuhr, Cadence Magazine, March 2007

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Luiz Alegro

Best Jazz CD in a looooong time
Judi has choosen very nice music and her voice is just right for them. If you like jazz, you'll love this CD.
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dee sweet

listening to her voice is like touching soft velvet
her choice of tunes on this cd is wonderful. her voice is rich smooth and controlled. we listen to it so often. it has been the background to a lot of dinners for two. we loaned it to a friend and had to fight to get it back. we hope there are more cd's in the future.
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Gabby

GREAT ALBUM!!
She has an elegance and softness to her voice that just makes u want to forget about what you are doing and listen.Her voice releases stress and anguish from the mind and takes you to a place of peace.I feel good when i listen to her,I LUV YA MRS.DUBOWSKY
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Dr. Mark A. Goral

Exceptional recording !!!
Judi D., after having survived thyroid cancer, has shown all of us that perseverance, inner strength, and support from all can achieve mountains of success. Judi's voice is next to the greats in the jazz field, be they male or female. Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, and Leroy Williams are such an integral part of this work that each perfects his craft as gently as a soft breeze in the morning, while achieving what a much-needed storm can achieve. To all of you, e.g. Judi, Kenny, Ray, and Leroy ---- you have done well, my friends, sooo very well.
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DOUG MANN

NO SHORT VERSION
I GREATLY ENJOYED JUDI'S CD,A NICE COLLECTION OF SONGS
GIVEN A VERY MUSICAL TREATMENT, WITH NO OVER THE TOP EXCESSES. I LOOK FORWARD TO MORE RECORDINGS OF QUALITY IN THE FUTURE.
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