Kellye Gray | Blue and Pink, The Blue Songs

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Blue and Pink, The Blue Songs

by Kellye Gray

"Simply, one of the most exciting jazz singers." says USA Today. Every song on is a journey unto itself. First of a 2 cd performance recorded live in February 2002.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Corcovado
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2. It's Always 4 am
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3. Willow Weep for Me
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4. House Is Not A Home
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5. Estate
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6. Scotch and Soda
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7. If You Never Come To Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Pros: Tremendous singing and musicianship on standards done in a non-standard way
Cons: Not one
The Bottom Line: Kellye Gray is one of the finest singers I've ever heard on record or in person. She can blast away or quietly capture your heart.
Recommended: Yes

A few years ago I was in Austin, Texas looking for a place to hear some good jazz. I overheard some folks talking about a place called Top of the Mark where a lady named Kellye Gray was singing. They said she was an amazing singer. Fast forward a couple of hours and I was sitting at the bar of the Top of the Mark when this very nice looking young woman came up to the bar and ordered a drink. I talked to her a moment or two. Small talk. She was nice. And then...she strolled up to the stage and started singing and I nearly fell off my barstool. Not because I had been casually talking to her seconds before but because she is an incredible singer.

"Standards" is her first album. She has some fine cats with her: Dave Catney, piano; Sebastian Whittaker, drums; Tom Anastasio, bass; Dwight Sills, guitar, and Warren Sneed, saxes. But it is Kelley's voices that are truly amazing. I say "voices" because besides a great straight ahead human voice, she does the most amazing imitation of a trumpet that I have ever heard. I heard it in Austin and could not close my mouth. On Miles Davis' "All Blues" on Standards she sings the trumpet so well that I have had listeners to my radio show call in and argue with me that I could not possibly be correct. The sound they heard had to be a trumpet. I just smile and wish they could see Kellye do her stuff. "All Blues" gets an extended 11 minute treatment and Kellye shares the time well with her musicians. I'm listening to it right now and again it's hard for me to believe. Sounds like Miles and Cannonball in unison. As Harry Carrey used to say, "Holy Cow!"

I didn't mean to skip the first cut, "The Island" which is a smooth invitation to the tropics with fine guitar and piano intro into the sensuous sound of Kellye in her lower register at first. A little Carmen McRae here. She gets stronger and stronger throughout the song before going into a melodic scat, a wordless tribute to lovers on the deserted Island. Cut three is "Morning" and Kellye has the amazing ability to sing deeply and softly at the same time. Another love song, she "remembers" a morning with a loved one and your thoughts meld into hers. Catney has a great piano solo here.

George Gershwin's "How Long Has This Been Going ON" is next. A standard of standards, Kellye sings this one very straightforward and beautifully. Her voice here reminds me of The Divine One. Kellye has such gorgeous control of her voice and great breath control. Sills plays some fine guitar; Sneed blows some great tenor before Kellye comes back in with a passion that reaches out of the speakers and knocks you to the floor. "Don't Explain" is the next number. What a remarkable voice. Slow in tempo, the passion again oozes into the air and we hear the style of the author of the song, Billie Holiday. Kellye has a better voice than Billie and can emote just as well.

One of the most beautiful songs ever written is next: "Since I Fell". And oh my lord does Kellye sing the hell out of this one. Listen to the "YOU" in her phrase "Since I Fell for You" and if you don't love her voice and style, then you don't like music. Straight blues with strong feelings that build and build. This is an old song but I don't believe it has ever been done better. And then? Can you get more beautiful than Jobim's "How Insensitive?" Recording frequently, I again put this at the very top of all performances. I don't understand why Kellye is not a major star. The first of the song is all Kellye straight ahead with the beautiful words and melody; Sneed does a nice run on soprano and then Kellye comes back with a power I have have seldom heard from anyone. The last three minutes are truly astonishing. The emotion bursts out with only a few of the words being sung but my God how incredibly they are sung.

The final song starts very softly on piano. Then Kellye sings the title, "Good Morning Heartache" and you just want to melt. I ain't kiddin', folks, this gal can sing and then some. Her breath control reminds me of Tommy Dorsey and his student Frank Sinatra on this song.

I have another CD by Kellye but I haven't heard much about her lately. Of course, I'm in the great Southwest desert and news travels slow to these parts. But if you're looking for some extraordinary music, find this CD and buy it. It is class personified.

Great Music to Play While: Hanging With Friends

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Totsie Marine

Kellye makes me feel good
Put this CD on when you want to feel good. Good like fresh air after rain, good like dawn light on a lake. Quiet good. Love good.
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Ron Chandler Advertising Inc.

Only one Kellye Gray! What a slelection of songs!
All my favorites...and supberly vocalized! Wow!
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