by Anne Carlini
|Title – It’s All Right With Me
Artist – Liz Terrell
For those not in the know, the room is illuminated with misty candlelight. You sip something cool in a frosted glass. A rich, sultry voice begins to fill the room: Liz Terrell has taken the stage.
Known for her powerhouse vocals and captivating yet subtle stage presence, Terrell swings intuitively and sings with incredible vocal dexterity.
Over the past decade, Terrell’s musical career has navigated through the performance spectrum, ranging from musical theater and cabaret to touring Europe in a gospel ensemble.
After many years of exploration, she found herself firmly planted in jazz. It’s All Right With Me is Terrell’s debut album as a leader and is filled with highlights of the last five years of her study as a jazz vocalist.
Liz Terrell performs regularly as a part of bass/voice jazz duo Liz & Brydge and with members of the incredible band featured on the album.
1. People Make The World Go Round (5:02)
2. It’s All Right With Me (6:10)
3. Night and Day (4:35)
4. Blue Monk (6:23)
5. Time After Time (4:23)
6. I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life (3:37)
7. Fats Waller Medley (11:47)
Song 1: Ain’t Misbehavin
Song 2: The Jitterbug Waltz
Song 3: Honeysuckle Rose
8. Almost Blue (4:10)
9. The Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers (6:49)
10. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (2:41)
11. What The World Needs Now (7:30)
A quite breathtakingly new, jazzy rendition of People Make The World Go Round (originally made famous by The Stylistics in 1972), kicks things off in some mighty fine style here and that is itself backed by a pair of indelible Cole Porter tunes, the laid back, late night ambiance of both the title track It’s All Right With Me and Night and Day, before we are brought forth Thelonious Monk’s earthy Blue Monk, and a simply delicious dollop of contemporary flavor with Terrell’s quick-step rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s aching pop balladry, Time After Time.
Not often covered by jazz artists of any nature, the Cy Coleman/Joseph McCarthy tune, I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life is up next, and complete with a layered, sensuous mid-tempo feel is a pure joy to behold and that is followed by Terrell paying tribute to Fats Waller with a medley of standards sung with maturity, humor, and, of course, just a touch of sex appeal.
Next up, we are brought Terrell and pianist Daniel Clarke alone on the emotively breathy Elvis Costello cut Almost Blue, the album rounding out on the ornately modernistic approach taken with Steve Kuhn’s composition The Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers, an absolutely swingingly good time on the euphorically-charged Ellington/Russell tune Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, closing on the gentle, dawn closing in fade of Burt Bacharach/Hal David’s lushly orchestrated What the World Needs Now.
It’s All Right With Me signals the introduction of powerhouse vocalist Liz Terrell. Her soulful, swinging vocal style offers a wide range of beautiful dulcet tones filled with rich and sultry beauty.
With this thoughtfully crafted collection of timeless songs, Terrell captures a profoundly intuitive and accessible sound with a subtle and instinctive sense of swing – keeping the listener’s attention from start to finish.
Liz Terrell’s rich and melodic vocals soar over the music as she deftly navigates the energetic arrangements and swings through the standards with precision. Terrell explains, “It was important to me to capture the whole band together in the studio, and I think you can hear that in the energy and the movement of each take. Everyone builds together, plays off of each other, and picks up lines and solos where the other left off. Each take is exactly what you would hear if this group were live on the stage.”
PLAYERS & INSTRUMENTS:
Vocals: Liz Terrell
Piano: Daniel Clarke
Bass: Chris Brydge
Drums: Emre Kartari (pronunciation: Em-ray Car-tar-ee)
Guitar: Alan Parker
Saxophone: Eddie Williams