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Don't Look Before You Sing

by Ellen Vanderslice

A compilation of original jazz material by award-winning songwriter Ellen Vanderslice that wanders from swing into country western, "chanson triste," novelty, poetry and electronica, performed by a wide variety of some of Portland, Oregon's finest.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Why Am I the Last to Know (Feat. Harley James, Dick Titterington, Rebecca Kilgore, James Mason & John Standefer)
2:53 album only
2. That's It! (Feat. Tony Pacini, Phil Baker, Ron Steen, Paul Mazzio, Lee Wuthenow & Mike Snyder)
2:52 album only
3. Après L'Amour (Feat. Rebecca Kilgore, Courtney Von Drehle, Eli Reisman & Phil Baker)
4:56 album only
4. Fiona the Femme Fatale (Feat. Rebecca Kilgore, Courtney Von Drehle, Eli Reisman & Phil Baker)
2:54 album only
5. A Pleasant Interlude (Feat. Tom Grant)
4:43 album only
6. Sweet Elusive One (Feat. Phil Baker, Tony Pacini, Ron Steen, Paul Mazzio & Lee Wuthenow)
5:16 album only
7. The Probability of Love (Feat. Amandah Jantzen, Mike Horsfall, Dan Presley, Neil Masson & Lee Wuthenow)
3:31 album only
8. Someday He'll Break Your Heart (the Way He Broke Mine) (Feat. Rebecca Kilgore, James Mason, John Standefer, Harley James & Dick Titterington)
4:05 album only
9. Puppy Dog Blues (Feat. Marilyn Keller, George Mitchell, Dan Balmer, Phil Baker & Reinhardt Melz)
4:29 album only
10. How Sweet to Meet Again (Feat. Tony Pacini, Phil Baker, Ron Steen, Paul Mazzio & Lee Wuthenow)
3:12 album only
11. To Have, to Hold, to Love (Feat. Mike Horsfall)
3:53 album only
12. Don't Look Before You Sing (Feat. Tony Pacini, Phil Baker & Ron Steen)
1:01 album only
13. Sleep Is... (Feat. Bill Michtom & Mike Snyder)
0:28 album only
14. Talk2Me (Feat. Bill Michtom, Maureen Parker & Mike Snyder)
12:27 album only
15. There Better Be Pie in Heaven (Feat. Patrick Scofield)
0:19 album only


Album Notes
"Don't Look Before You Sing" is the fifth compact disc release for jazz songwriter Ellen Vanderslice. It's an eclectic compilation with divergent overtones, from western swing to a "chanson triste" that takes you straight to the boulevards of Paris. It includes the popular novelty tango, "The Probability of Love," and veers off into a poetic experiment with techno house electronica. Singers Rebecca Kilgore, Tom Grant, Marilyn Keller and Amandah Jantzen each take a turn at the mic, as does Ellen herself.

Some of Portland, Oregon's, finest jazz musicians are featured accompanying the fabulous vocals. The roster includes Phil Baker, Dan Balmer, Mike Horsfall, Harley James, Paul Mazzio, Reinhardt Melz, George Mitchell, Tony Pacini, Dan Presley, Eli Reisman, Mike Snyder, John Standefer, Ron Steen, Dick Titterington, Courtney Van Drehle, and Lee Wuthenow.

Fans of Rebecca Kilgore will find she headlines on four tracks, including "Après L'Amour," which won best song in the Blues/Jazz/R&B category of the Portland Songwriters Association 2003 International Song Contest, "Fiona the Femme Fatale," "Someday He'll Break Your Heart (the Way He Broke Mine)," and, channeling Patsy Cline, "Why Am I the Last to Know?"

Tom Grant plays and sings "A Pleasant Interlude." Amandah Jantzen sings about romance amid particle physics in "The Probability of Love," while Marilyn Keller rocks the house in "Puppy Dog Blues." Ellen herself covers "That's It!," "How Sweet to Meet Again," and the Horsfall tune she's written lyrics to, "To Have, To Hold, To Love," perfect for weddings! The last few minutes of the album are devoted to spoken word and electronica, ending with the brief but rousing, "There Better Be Pie in Heaven," which features Patrick Scofield's vocal harmonizing with Ellen.



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Phyllis H.

A little something for anybody.
Ellen and I went to the same college (Coe) 30 years ago. I did not know her very well. I knew her more by name than anything. Anyway. This is jazz music that's easy to listen to. Her musical writing styles span all the way from Edith Piaf through country swing and be bop to electronica. In short, a little something for any taste. Pleasant but not challenging. Ellen does sing three short vocals but she generally lets other perform her music. She seems to be doing her music for her pleasure and fun so I'll leave it at that. Perhaps we should be so fortunate to have such fun.