Quintessence | Wrapped Up In Your Kiss

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Wrapped Up In Your Kiss

by Quintessence

If you like Jazz Standards, you will LOVE this CD. Original Compositions of Latin Jazz, Torch Songs, Swing, and Ballad.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Man She Loves
5:12 $0.99
2. Wrapped Up In Your Kiss
5:13 $0.99
3. Sand & Sea
2:58 $0.99
4. Things Haven't Been The Same
4:17 $0.99
5. The Man Of My Dreams
3:45 $0.99
6. Breezy Summer Night
4:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Wrapped Up In Your Kiss” marks Steve Millard’s debut as both a composer and lyricist. In Quintessence, Millard has found the quintessential group to convey the depth and variety of his compositions.

The CD opens with “The Man She Loves,” a driving up-tempo bossa nova. Hans Teuber’s rich, full-bodied tenor sax, Eugen Bien’s crisp piano, and Mark Ivester’s clean beat recall the Getz/Gilberto/Jobim collaborations of the early 1960’s. The title track, featuring silky vocalist Jennifer Ivester, is a smoky midnight ballad of sensuous memory and anticipation, highlighted by Teuber’s beautiful and haunting tenor solo. “Sand & Sea” brings us back to a lighter bossa nova, à la Jobim’s “Wave,” featuring Bien (pronounce BEE-EN) on piano, with Douglas Barnett as always providing a solid bass line. On “Things Haven’t Been The Same,” Jennifer sings a tale of love lost with a 9/8 feel. Barnett’s descending bass lines provide a compelling synchronicity. “The Man of My Dreams” is an upbeat big band tune in the spirit of Ellington, with Teuber and Bien delivering solid solos and Jennifer singing tongue-in-cheek. The final track, “Breezy Summer Night,” has Teuber switching to alto and conveying a couple walking hand-in-hand on a gorgeous quiet summer evening with a hint of wind whispering in the trees. Barnett shows off his melodic chops on this one as well.

When recording engineer Rick Fisher (whose clientele has included The Steve Miller Band and Pearl Jam) was mastering this CD, he said, “This is really nice, but why would anyone in this day and age write Jazz Standards?” Steve Millard answers: “Why not?”



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Scott Brown

Really nice melodies and mixture of classic jazz styles
A very refreshing collection of new jazz songs and instrumentals that are reminiscent of a time gone by. Steve Millard's new compositions are sung and played with feeling and you'll be feeling good after listening to this CD. Highly recommended!

Judy D

Classic, Romantic, Emotional, Sensual and Classic Jazz
The man of my dreams introduced me to this CD -- I have listened to it so many times, I love it. I would highly recommend it for a romantic evening with a fine bottle of Cabernet and become wrapped up in the man of your dreams kisses.

carole hayes

jazz new and fresh
Why wouldn't someone write jazz standards? Would it be to hear something new, expand one's musical horizons, add to the repertoire of great jazz music for others to play and sing? Steve Millard has done just that. This is such a great disc how come I had to go trawling to find it? It is romantic, musical and very very professionally produced, fine musicians and a great vocalist. I will be including this one on Shoalhaven FM regularly and I will looking forward to Steve producing more great songs. Highly recommended.

Randy Rush

Jazz with emotion
This is a great collection of jazz in a classic and timeless mode, music with feeling, not esoteric pretensions. If you want a disc to help you relax or just make you feel good, this is one to spin. Steve Millard writes great tunes, and Hans Teuber, a Seattle mainstay, shines.