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Jenny Davis – It Amazes Me (Jazz Vocal CD)


Sound: B     Music: B



Jenny Davis is yet another talented singer who loves classic Jazz vocal standards and her new album It Amazes Me (2005) seems properly titled in its covers of classics as follows:


1)     It Don’t Mean A Thing

2)     What’ll I Do/Tennessee Waltz

3)     Born To Be Blue

4)     Joy Spring

5)     Dindi

6)     It Amazes Me

7)     Dat Dere

8)     Make Someone Happy

9)     Beautiful Love

10)  Scrapple From The Apple/Honeysuckle Rose

11)  You Don’t Know What Love Is

12)  Answer The Call

13)  Just Squeeze Me



Jazz fans are more likely to be familiar with most of the choices than the general public, though track 8 was once “altered” to sell a popular boxed cake mix.  Track 1 is a Duke Ellington classic that may be just a little overly abused, while track 2 comes close to having suffered the same fate.  Track three was co-written by Mel Torme, known as “The Velvet Throat” and makes for one of the more interesting choices here.  Davis wrote the 12th track, while the album ends in a lucky 13th track, another Ellington classic that has not been as abused.  Overall, a decent album with really good singing that you will want to get if you like the material or a vocalist who does not mistake rolling for singing.


The PCM 2.0 16bit/44.1kHz Stereo is a very good recording, with detail, clarity and depth a recent recording should have.  Kelly Campbell engineered the album, while Davis herself produced.  This was so good that I was curious as to how an SACD version (2.0 & 5.1) might sound.  Maybe she’ll get the chance for such a release later.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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