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This Inner City release was Burton's only record made in the United States, and is a shining example of this forgotten vocalist's wonderful talents. A rare release, not to be missed.
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||keyboardist Mike Renzi, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Grady Tate|
Customer Reviews (2)
- No Hiding - Discover Her Here!Review by Big Toots
Originally recorded in New York in 1979, with New York State of Mind Burton gives us 10 fine selections drawn from the GAS and other shrewdly-selected sources (Broadway’s “Peter Pan,” a lesser-known Duke Ellington work, and pop music’s Billy Joel and Paul Simon). Recording here with a first-call rhythm section – pianist Mike Renzi, the vocalists’ accompanist, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer (and vocalist) Grady Tate (Grady “Taste?”) - the session is a terrific introduction to a singer renown in her home country but lesser-known elsewhere.
Burton demonstrates her vocal and textural versatility across this session most admirably. She covers the eponymous title tune “Piano Man” straight, then breaks out-of-shell into a swinging effort before returning to the original groove. “You Started Something,” (ghosting “I Can’t Get Started” and “Body and Soul”) is delivered tastefully and on which Burton’s lyric style shines. “I Can Dream Can’t I” (a Merrill favorite drawn from her own one-time recording mate, trumpeter Clifford Brown) is slow and luscious. That aforementioned pouncing cat of Burton’s lets fly elsewhere (“All or Nothing at All,” “Tell Me More”), however her smooth elegance and swing sense dominates this date (“All Too Soon,” “Never Never Land”). More swing, Maestra, More jazz, More you!
While Burton tragically had to hide to save her own life, it would be musically tragic if this fine vocalist’s talents were forgotten. This elegant and occasionally swinging recording will certainly help to avoid that.
(Posted on 4/28/2015)
- New York State of MindReview by Simon Sez
A very talented singer who was especially good on ballads, Ann Burton is accompanied by a New York rhythm section on this set from the 1970s. She picked good songs for this set including swing tunes, the lesser-known ‘Come In From The Rain” and Billy Joel’s “New York State Of Mind.” She really digs into the lyrics and her warm voice is very appealing, making this a keeper.
Simon Sez: Ann Burton was a very good jazz singer from the Netherlands. New York State Of Mind (IC1094) is one of her best albums.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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