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Free to Dream

by Patrice Williamson

Cool, smoky, and supple alto envelops each song in a sensuous embrace. There's a remarkable play of darkness and light and a wide range of inflections in her voice that bring out shades of meaning.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In the Loop
5:38 $0.99
2. But Not for Me
5:04 $0.99
3. Free to Dream
5:32 $0.99
4. With a Song in My Heart
5:53 $0.99
5. The Gentle Rain
4:18 $0.99
6. U Don't Know What You're Missin'!
3:37 $0.99
7. The Sound of Music Suite
9:07 $0.99
8. Alone Together
4:35 $0.99
9. My Love Is
3:32 $0.99
10. Love Me or Leave Me
4:57 $0.99
11. Celia
6:02 $0.99
12. Another Star
7:46 $0.99
13. Puttin' on the Ritz
4:47 $0.99
14. Close Your Eyes
7:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Some people are just born to music.

Patrice Williamson's childhood home in Memphis, Tennessee was filled with song. Her late father, Webster Williamson, an avid amateur singer, choir director, and pillar of the St. Stephen's Baptist Church music ministry, introduced his children to both sacred music and the secular styles of greats like Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Lena Horne. With the encouragement of her mother, Lillie Williamson, Patrice followed in the footsteps of her elder sister, Denise, taking up the violin and making her debut at age four, playing a duet with her sister in front of the St. Stephen's congregation.

From then on, she was hooked on music and performing. To her violin studies, she added piano (at age seven) and flute (at 11). She imagined herself growing into a world-famous concert artist:

Patrice carried the dream into her teens, but chose a "practical" major, communications, when she enrolled at the University of Tennessee. In her second year, however, she realized her heart was elsewhere and decided to major in music.

Her focus remained on classical performance; she served as principal flutist for the opera & symphony orchestras. It wasn't until the conductor of the UT Studio Jazz Orchestra overheard her scatting during a rehearsal break, and immediately offered her a vocal solo, that she considered singing as a possible career path. Encouraged by UT faculty jazz pianist Donald Brown, she headed to New England Conservatory to focus full-time on her voice, under the guidance of Dominique Eade.

In Boston, Patrice hit the ground running. Before her Master's degree studies were complete, she was weighing rival offers for a four-month performance engagement at Somerset's Bar in Singapore and further studies at NEC in the school's prestigious Artist Diploma program. In the end, she managed to do both.

A regular at Boston's celebrated Regattabar since1996, she has also appeared in the company of Tony Bennett, James Moody, & Cassandra Wilson at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival; and Danilo Perez & Kevin Mahogony at the Marblehead Jazz Festival. Around the U.S., she's been heard at Boston's Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall; as well as the IDB Cultural Center Concert Series in Washington, DC.

Singapore, having had a taste of her, wanted more; and Patrice has since returned to the scene of her first triumph as a special guest performer in the nation's New Year's Eve Millennium Celebration; and as part of the Eden Project, an international group of female jazz improvisers who rocked the International Women's Forum in March 2000.

The critics and the jazz community have not been slow to recognize that this talent is for real.

The response to her debut recording, My Shining Hour (released in September 1998) has been overwhelmingly positive, drawing favorable comparisons to legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. She was honored with a coveted "Best of Boston" award in 1997, and in 1999 and 2000 was a nominee for "Best Jazz Vocalist" by the Kahlua Boston Music Awards.



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Mac Daddy

Simply a joy to hear she seduces the ear and the heart with her voice
It reeks of class pure jazz class, each song has been given a special treatment and you can hear Patrice's soul sing out to you as she digs deep and serves you a kind of jazz which is lacking from todays radio but on hearing Patrice you know it's out there. This isn't the smooth jazz radio stuff this is music for the car, work, hospital, bedroom, kitchen, it's music for everyone and everywhere. Her version of Another Star is simply mouthwatering and has to be the best version of the song I've ever heard and believe me I've heard plenty, it's beautiful and it stays on repeat on my CD player and the whole album is tucked away nicely in my iPod. If you listen to Jazz ot just fancy dipping your toe into it, then Patrice Williamson is a great introduction and as they say once you tasted great jazz you'll never go back.

Peter de Boer

Now also heard of in Holland
Not all jazz (singers) "do" something to my ears. Here I like to take my sax and enjoy playing along with the CD; especially on 'Freedom to dream'. Great CD. However, too bad only available as download with just a front cover. That is, I dislike printing (still own a B/W), cutting and fitting my own CD covers and in addition having to make my own back cover by typing over the tracks from the CD Baby page of the artist). But that does not affect the joy of listening to this artist. Greetz. Peter (Netherlands).


outstanding jazz singing!
This is a great CD on so many levels. Patrice sings so many notes and gets them all in tune -- she's a real virtuoso -- yet you never get the feeling that she's simply a "technician."

And the band swings HARD!! Of special note are solos by saxophonist Jason Hunter and the arrangements by Mark Shilansky. in a sane world, Patrice's originals would become standards.

This music is playful, creative, and swings like nobody's business. If you're a long-time jazz listener, this CD is a must-have. If you're new to straight-ahead jazz, this would be a great introduction.

Roderic Ross

Nice. and mellow; nice variety of feelings
I really like this CD;it has a warm, cozy feeling. Ms. Williamson's voice and style adds a unique and modern sound to the strong structure of some good old fashioned jazz.