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Blue For You

by Patricia Adams

Favorite jazz and blues standards in quartet format, smokey juke joints and a late night chanteuse tying it all together in song. Come listen.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Wonder Why
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2. How Did He Look?
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3. Where Do You Start?
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4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
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5. Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
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6. What Will I Tell My Heart?
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7. If You Remember Me
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8. Blues In The Night
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9. My Coloring Book
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10. I Fall In Love Too Easily
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11. Even Now
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12. But Beautiful
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13. Nice & Easy
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14. All The Time
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Album Notes
The Critical Review, an e-zine
"Opening with "Wonder Why?" [N. Brodzsky & S. Cahn] (4:48) the band displays good playing but her (Adams) vocal is the reason for the album. Her unique vocal style and delivery is evident in "Come In From The Rain written by Melissa Manchester and Carole Bayer Sager (4:53). Vocals are rich, full, yet can vary their tone. On this one she scats and does a good jazz vocal performance of a more pop tune.

Next is a slow, thoughtful track "How Did He Look?" (5:11). Here low, slow notes abound as well as a dreamy tone. This is a nuanced winner. A song the way it was once done in classy, intimate nightclubs. Great stuff! "Where Do You Start" [Johnny Mandel] (4:44) comes next. The tone reminded me in places of BARBARA STREISAND. A lovely song done in a wonderful way with beautiful piano and mature vocals.

The standup bass opens "Don't Get Around Much Anymore/Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me" (3:52) [Duke Ellington & Bob Russell] and Adams' voice reaches and 'skips' to make the tune memorable. On "What Will I Tell My Heart" (5:43) she slows down for this melancholy number. Her voice goes into pensive/sad mode. Then she does "When You Remember Me" where the vocal urges positive memories. Good but not as strong as previous cuts.

"Blues In The Night" (2:54) [Arlen & Mercer] is a spicy, blues tune. The voice is stronger and clearer than the last song. The keyboard/organ sets a good foundation for her. Then "My Coloring Book" at 3:43 changes pace with this slower selection. Her vocal is soft, at times whispery and full of emotion. A classy sophisticated work.

Next is a tune titled "I Fall In Love Too Easily" (7:51) [Styne & Cahn]. It is long track with much vocal work. The Barry Manilow hit "Even Now" is performed. Also "But Beautiful" (7:36) [Jimmy Van Heusen] is interpreted. I thought this was clearly the best selection on the album. The playing is clean and lovely, her voice smooth as silk yet overflowing with emotion. Great! You'll get lost as you listen to this mesmerizing singing.

"Nice & Easy" (4:01) is a peppy hopeful cut. Another winner. The music and vocals are up-front and clean. Bravo to producer Hammer. Bass work is also a highlight here. The album closes with another Manilow song, "All The Time" [Manilow & Panzer] 3:44. The song is a somewhat sad number and it will stay with you after it ends.

Patricia Adams has talent and delivers a fine album. The music is classy, sophisticated, and slightly varied. Songs from another era along with hits make it accessible and user-friendly. A surprisingly good work. Fans of jazz and blues vocals should check it out. Her intimate cabaret style should be heard. An artist new to me, but well worth listening to."
Reviewed by: Armando Canales
November 1998


Review reprinted from the ALL MUSIC GUIDE, an E-zine
Date of Release Jan 15, 1998
AMG Rating ***
With a play list of classic standards and venerable pop tunes along with rarely heard material, Patricia Adams' debut album Blue for You provides more than 66 minutes of mostly emotionally thick ballads. Adams came to jazz relatively late in her life. She started singing jazz as an avocation at age 50 while working as a human resources manager at Digital Equipment Corporation in Massachusetts. Making a commitment, Adams gave up her day job and devoted herself full time to what she really wanted to do. Going full bore to become a true jazz professional, she studied music theory, harmony, and improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston. She was also coached on vocal techniques by Dominique Eade and Semenya McCord. Adams has since performed at Boston's Scullers Jazz Club, Ryles Jazz Club, and several Manhattan jazz spots including Arci's Place and Danny's Skylight Room.

Adams, born and bred in Westchester County, NY, has a mature voice that is suited to the material on this album. Her unique style and delivery are shown to advantage on such tunes as "Come in From the Rain," where she displays an unusual staccato scatting, and on an authoritative, earthy "Blues in the Night." On the play list is "Where Do You Start?," perhaps the saddest, most heart-wrenching song ever composed (or at least one of them) and appropriate for inclusion on an album devoted to tales of woe. Not as mournful as Shirley Horn's seminal rendition, Adams' version is nonetheless not recommended as a cure for melancholia. But all's not gloom and doom here. There's a nice, slightly swinging "Nice and Easy" with good piano from Doug Hammer. The Duke Ellington medley of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me" benefits from the bass intro and the bounce and lilt in Adams' voice. Tasteful string background is dubbed on several tracks, including an exceptionally poignant, questioning "How Did He Look?"

Adams is joined by her regular working quartet. Their long-standing association is evident, as the members of the group fit like a snug but comfortable glove in support of the singer. This album is a memorable and auspicious start for a late blooming - but very good - vocalist. Recommended. - Dave Nathan

Adams' recordings are available through CDBaby.com and subscribers to music services offering digital distribution.

more bio . . .
Patricia Adams, bandleader and vocalist, shuttles her renditions of standards from renaissance Harlem and Tin Pan Alley between New York and Boston venues. Reviewers say, " . . . reigns when she steps to the microphone . . . backed by a superb trio . . . classy song stylist . . . her ability to put together a musical road atlas sets Adams apart . . . voice is silky smooth, yet strong".
Stepping onto a nightclub stage for the first time in 1992 at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Adams segued to designated show opener there for the Frank Wilkins' Vocal Showcase until 1996. Two years, a hundred open mic's and twenty nursing homes later, she took the plunge and traded three decades of a Fortune 500 career for life as a full time artist. Her performances attract those who enjoy the jazz and blues standards of the 1930's and '40's.
Holding BS and MBA degrees, Adams also studied music theory, harmony, and improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston and at the Performing Arts School of Worcester. She has studied with Semenya McCord, Dominique Eade and Frank Wilkins in Boston and in Manhattan with Jim Carson and previously, Jeannie Lovetri of Voice Workshop, Sheila Jordan and Kirk Nurock.
She is a voting member of the National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences and served on the board of the New England Conservatory. Learn more about this chanteuse by logging onto http://www.patriciaadams.com.

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