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Lila Ammons | The Nearness of You

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The Nearness of You

by Lila Ammons

The legacy continues. Vocals from a singer with deep and important musical roots (grandfather Albert and uncle Gene Ammons), this debut CD presents Lila Ammons. Through Blues, swing, ballads and Brazilian-styled tunes she displays her own uniqueness.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Close Your Eyes
3:58 $0.99
2. Don't Explain
4:10 $0.99
3. So Danco Samba
3:12 $0.99
4. Frustration, Frustration
4:08 $0.99
5. Nearness of You
2:25 $0.99
6. Fotografia
4:36 $0.99
7. Be-Baba-Leba
2:50 $0.99
8. If You Could See Me Now
5:57 $0.99
9. What Is This Thing Called Love
2:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Not all legacies live up to their heritage, but with her new CD, The Nearness of You, Lila Ammons stands tall with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, John Pizzarelli and Marcus Gilmore. The granddaughter of Albert and niece of Gene “Jug” Ammons also proves that one can indeed make a successful leap from classical voice to jazz singer – she can get down with the Blues (“Frustration Frustration,” “Be-baba-leba”), swing with a standard (“What Is This Thing Called Love”), charm with a ballad (the title track, “The Nearness of You”), take you south of the border (“Só Danço Samba,” “Fotografia”), and most of all, engage the listener with a classic sense of time, inventive phrasing, spot-on intonation, and emotive storytelling. And with the impeccable support of her New York band, The Nearness of You bring us the nearness of Lila Ammons.

- Andrea Cantor, Jazz Police

Music arranged and produced by Michael Wimberly
Houston Person, sax
James Weidman, piano
Onaje Allan Gumbs, piano
Leon Dorsey, bass
Steve Williams, drums
Marvin Sewell, guitar
Nioka Workman, cello
Michael Wimberly, percussion



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