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Sweet & Lowdown Stars Fell on Alabama Oh, Look At Me Now A Woman's Intuition Down With Love East of the Sun Don't Blame Me Sugar Ghost of a Chance Manhattan A Hundred Years From Today Down With Love I've Got the World On A String Stormy Weather Come Rain Or Come Shine My Shining Hour I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues
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Customer Reviews (3)
- "Head of the Class!"Review by Big Toots
Elegance and taste; it’s what separates the mundane from the magnificent and the ordinary from the outstanding. After all, there’s Gallo and Dom Pérignon, costume jewelry and the blinding bling that Harry Winston loans to Red Carpeting starlets on Oscar® night. Well, with “Dedicated to Lee Wiley” songstress Stephanie Nakasian is about as elegant, tasty, and musically “swingingly blinging” as it gets. The album is a Hope Diamond of superb musical content, great artistry and musicianship of which Wiley, an exquisite chanteuse in her own right, would approve – if not buy.
Offering up a behemoth of a GASser repertoire – one short of two baseball teams - Nakasian and stellar team deliver the goods. The date is uplifting, swinging and it has all the spirit and ambiance of a classy cabaret performance without the smoke, clinking and chatter.
Nakasian has to be one of the most talented, yet lesser-known, vocalists on the planet. Her voice is resonant and quite inviting. She’s got a presence – a marvelous lyric touch, and a phrasing and swing that are positively instrumental (“Sweet and Lowdown,” “Ghost of a Chance,” “Sugar”). While avoiding over-the-top theatrics, Nakasian can belt or bring things down dynamically to enhance and soothe the lyric line (“Don’t Blame Me”).
Hod O’Brien’s fine charts and solid piano backing are highly complementary to the lady with the mic (who happens to be his spouse). The supporting teams also frame Nakasian well. Trumpeter Spanky Davis and clarinetist Allan Vaché are standouts. As a bonus, Vince Giordano’s Orchestra joins the fun-fray and adds a big band bonanza to it (“I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Stormy Weather,” “My Shining Hour”).
What a fine portrait of a classic singer and classy time in American popular music – and nightlife - this recording is! There’s nothing to be wily about here other than to enjoy Ms. Nakasian’s sublime effort and relish it – perhaps with a taste of the aforementioned bubbly.
(Posted on 6/15/2015)
- Stephanie NakasianReview by Simon Sez
On Dedicated To Lee Wiley, Nakasian captures the spirit and style of Wiley (a major singer of the 1940s) without directly copying her.. She sings 17 songs associated with Wiley and, with the help of an eight-piece group, revives such classics as “A Woman's Intuition,” “Down With Love,” and “A Hundred Years From Today.” Her warm vocals are memorable as Lee Wiley’s were.
Simon Sez: Stephanie Nakasian’s Dedicated To Lee Wiley (CJ26) has her bringing back Wiley’s memorable style on 17 songs of the past.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
- Review by - Scott Yanow
Nakasian's warm singing revives such songs as "Stars Fell On Alabama," "A Woman's Intuition," "Down With Love," "Sugar," "Manhattan" and "A Hundred Years From Today" with the assistance of an all-star octet." (Posted on 6/7/2013)
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Listen Dedicated to Lee Wiley - Stephanie Nakasian
- Sweet & Lowdown
- Stars Fell on Alabama
- Oh, Look At Me Now
- A Woman's Intuition
- Down With Love
- East of the Sun
- Don't Blame Me
- Ghost of a Chance
- A Hundred Years From Today
- Down With Love
- I've Got the World On A String
- Stormy Weather
- Come Rain Or Come Shine
- My Shining Hour
- I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues