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Volume 2, Judith Kay Live: Her Voice, Her Guitar

Catchy lyrics and sublime arrangements; a polished set of American and Brazilian melodies. These songs are all gems. Some surprising discoveries await! CD: $15.00.

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by Jack Buerkle, Ph.D., Radio host of “Jazz Encounters Today”, and co-host, with Jill Pasternak, of “Crossover”, on WRTI-90.1 (NPR, Philadelphia)

After years of being an on-air jazz album reviewer for Philadelphia's WRTI, 90.1 FM, I've become very selective about accepting invitations to write liner notes for new albums. … There must be form and substance, not just technical flash … Amidst all these possible paths, the recorded body of work of Judith Kay goes on telling believable stories in her unique way.

Her Voice, Her Guitar, Volume 2 … opens with Cy Coleman's “It Amazes Me.” If you don't fall in love with her immediately, you're dead! Let me also shout my admiration of Judith's sensitive treatment of two other American pieces. First, comes her totally believable delivery of my old friend Bob Dorough's “Small Day Tomorrow.” Then, it's Tommy Wolf's, “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most.”

Five of the twelve compositions displayed here are Brazilian, and they are among the very best of the "legends" of this music. Judith is a good example of the special class of American jazz singers who … perform Brazilian music after considerable time studying the difficult nuances of this gorgeous art form. Enjoy it! You've come to a place of excellent music!


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Track List

  1. It Amazes Me Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh
    (I fell in love with this after hearing Blossom Dearie’s version.)
  2. I’ve Got You Under My Skin Cole Porter
  3. Lamento no Morro Antonio Carlos Jobim and Adeus America* Haroldo Barbosa/Geraldo Jaques
    (* My adaptation of the Rosa Passos arrangement)
  4. Ela é Carioca Antonio Carlos Jobim
  5. Puttin’ On The Ritz Irving Berlin (I found that a particular modulation from the verse to chorus gave this song a special kick.
  6. Manhã de Carnaval Luis Bonfá Antônio Maria
  7. O Pato [The Duck] Neuza Teixeira/Jaime Silva/Jon Hendricks (Jon Hendricks’ clever words tell the same cute story as the original Portuguese.
  8. Moment’s Notice John Coltrane
  9. Small Day Tomorrow Bob Dorough/Fran Landesman (I always dedicate this song to all my friends who are 9-to-5ers.
  10. I’m Old Fashioned Jerome Kern/Johnny Mercer
  11. Spring Medley:
    Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
    Tommy Wolf/ Fran Landesman and
    Spring Is Here Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart
    (The second song is woven into the first as kind of an extra bridge.
  12. Medley:
    The Song Is You
    Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II and
    I Hear Music Frank Loesser/Burton Lane