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by Libby McDowell

Hear why fans claim they are "addicted to JOY." Better-than-chocolate vocals serve up a savory mix of traditional jazz, blues and bossa nova, and whip in just the right blend of saxophone, flute, harmonica, piano, bass, drums and percussion.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joy
6:17 $0.99
2. Praia Azul (Blue Beach) - McDowell
6:00 $0.99
3. I'm Beginning to See the Light -Ellington / James / Hodges / George
3:23 $0.99
4. Lost Mind - Mayfield
3:13 $0.99
5. No More Blues (Chega De Saudade) - Jobim
5:21 $0.99
6. Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me - Ellington / Russell
3:29 $0.99
7. Now What Do You Think? - Green
3:21 $0.99
8. Joy Spring - Brown / Kaye
3:31 $0.99
9. Special Bliss - Winchester / Jones
5:12 $0.99
10. Make This City Ours (Cancao Do Sal) - Nascimento
4:24 $0.99
11. How High the Moon - Lewis / Hamilton
3:03 $0.99
12. Four -Davis / Hendricks
5:17 $0.99
13. So Many Stars - Mendez / Bergman / Bergman
2:09 $0.99
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Album Notes

Libby McDowell: vocals
Mike McDowell: saxes, flute, harmonicas and percussion
Mike Arenson: keyboards
Rob Swanson: bass, guitar and percussion
Jackie Browne: drums
with Ron Reid and Scott Davidson on percussion

"Captivating vocals and a savvy blend of jazz, blues, and Brazilian rhythms makes "Joy" a CD that you will find yourself listening to over and over again. I particularly like the title track, "Joy," which is a feel good tune, reminiscent of a festive holiday song. Add this CD to your wish list, or buy it for yourself or a friend. You will be glad that you did."

-Derek M.A. Alexander, author of "Brainchild,"


JOY reflects the place where several musical influences that shape Libby's artistry crystalize into a bright light of sound.

A Philadelphia native, Libby Winchester McDowell began performing acoustic blues/folk music in North Carolina, both as a solo performer and in the duo Woltz and Winchester. She was the featured singer with Greensboro area jazz bands Mimosa and Salt and Pepper in the late 70s.

In the early 80s, Libby moved back to the Philadelphia area from where she toured as a solo folk/jazz/blues performer at clubs and college venues up and down the East Coast.

Libby moved to Delaware in 1985, where she continued to develop a jazz repertoire. In 1994, she and husband saxophonist Mike McDowell formed the acoustic jazz band Tate Street, performing jazz standards and ballads. Increasingly drawn to Brazilian rhythms, Libby and Mike reformed the band as The Libby McDowell Jazz Band, featuring a fluid mix of bossa nova, ballads, jazz standards, and blues.



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DJ Whisper

Truely awesome tunes! Look forward to hearing more. Never know where this may lead you. :)

david dziubczynski

I bought this CD because I've seen Mr. and Mrs. Mcdowell perform before,but I was most impressed with the bass and drum playing, especially on the standards, the bass solos were nearly perfect. My two favorites are "four" and "joy spring" and this CD also has one of the best versions of "I'm beginning to see the light" I've ever heard, even better than the original Duke Ellington version!
in fact, this version made me appreciate the song in a whole new way, what better thing could I possibly say about one band and one song?
A caveat: my girlfriend also likes jazz and especially jazz female singers, but she doesn't like this CD nearly as much as I do.

Libby Mcdowell

I loved this cd I mean it wuz the best!
I loved this cd i mean it wuz just trully enchanting! The smooth sounds and the the instruments just meshing together in such a poetical way! It is just outstanding! I loved it! I give it 4 stars! I wish i could do so good on a cd!

Steven Byrd

That's Libby's vocals in one word. Smooth. I started playing this CD with my eyes closed and my thoughts ran to silk, chocolate, ice cream, and a nice merlot. Mike's solos, especially on 'Lost Mind' are colorful and heartfelt. Each note reaches out to your ears and makes you see vivid colors. Together, Libby and Mike treat you to a sonic buffet of flavors, sights, and smells. The different styles and genres are expressed nicely and Libby deftly matches her vocal range with the music for each track. It's like she's saying, "This is what you need to hear for this piece of music." It's a clear indication that her range is limitless and she could sing with anyone, anywhere. But who better to understand her than her husband? Mike's range is just as limitless as Libby's and seems to make sure that the music doesn't overshadow her generous vocals. I find myself playing this CD as often as any other but two thoughts come to mind: I have to see them live and I have buy the CD currently in production as soon as it's ready!

Wendy Simons

Great recording of dynamic singer
We saw Libby at the Delaware Art Museum last month--man, can she sing!

I bought the disc that night, but it's cheaper on this site. Still, I'm really happy with it--when they say it's addictive, they're not kidding. My SO and I switch off who gets to keep it in the car player.

The title song--a swing waltz with an understated pulse that gives a solid base to some dynamic vocals--is my favorite. I've heard Jeri Brown's version of this, but Libby's takes the lyrics to a higher ground. Makes you want to dance in circles and glad to be alive.

Make the City Ours is another terrific track. Neat to see someone doing Milton Nascimento material. When we saw her, they did terrific arrangement of his Vera Cruz, which is not on this CD. Libby, will you record this sometime in the future?