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Album Review: Liz Terrell – It’s All Right With Me
by Ann Alex
Inventive arrangements, songs well sung with clear words and a pleasing alto tone, a more-than-competent band, performing a varied set of music, so what’s not to like? I loved it all.
People Make The World Go Round features lyrics about people on the street, with some street-type noises from the saxophone; the title track is sung intimately, ‘with me’ many times to round off the lyrics; Night And Day begins in fragments from bass and piano, then becomes a real swinger in the second part; Blue Monk is superb, with a wheedling sax which almost talks and a guitar solo reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix. The Fats Waller Medley gives us scat and a drum solo worth hearing. I could go on …
And all meaningfully rounded off with a song about community, What The World Needs Now.
Liz Terrell has performed many types of singing over the last 10 years, from musical theatre to cabaret to touring Europe in a gospel ensemble. She has studied jazz for the last five years and this is her debut album as a leader. Ms Terrell performs regularly as part of a bass/voice jazz duo and also with members of the band featured on this album.
I am pleased to be reviewing this CD round about the time of International Women’s Day, as this album is making a solid contribution to the celebrations, although I don’t know if our singer and the band had the intention of contributing. I especially liked the choice of songs which include a Cindy Lauper hit, the strange song about Harrison Crabfeathers, and an excellent version of Blue Monk. And very good value as the CD lasts for a full hour.
Available at all fine retailers on the label Westmont Records. See www.lizterrell.com
People Make the World Go Round; It’s All Right With Me; Night and Day; Blue Monk; Time After Time; I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life; Fats Waller Medley (Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Jitterbug Waltz, Honeysuckle Rose); Almost Blue; The Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers; Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; What the World Needs Now