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This rare Inner City recording features jazz vocalist Teddi King with piano great Dave McKenna. King enjoyed a succesful career, having played with the likes of McKenna and George Shearing, and has amassed a bit of a cult following with her singing in the style of greats Lee Wiley, Mildred Bailey and Mabel Mercer. Here, King and McKenna perform 13 selections from Ira Gerswhin's classic catalog.
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Dave McKenna - piano|
Customer Reviews (2)
- "Ira Would Dig"Review by Big Toots
In a self-deprecating manner, pianist Dave McKenna is quoted as calling himself “Just a saloon piano player.” Teddi King, on the other hand, epitomizes that elegant line of chanteuses who play rooms more appropriately called “salons.” Putting these two artists – how apropos is that description! – in the studio together was a stroke of production genius, And, the result is this elegant recording.
With “This is New” Ms. King and Mr. McKenna, both New Englanders, offer 13 of New York City boy, Ira Gershwin’s best-known works - and they do him most proud. Perhaps the dominant reason for their brilliant teaming here is a mutual and respective adoration for melody. The love for lyric, which King exudes in tons, is the “get one free” part of the deal.
Vocally and stylistically, King shades Mabel Mercer and, although she is not a pure jazz singer, to a very small degree, Billie Holiday (“But Not for Me”). She possesses a fine vocal instrument that carries an older style of faster vibrato – almost operatic (“Isn’t it a Pity”). One can immediate hear that there’s an intimacy had by Ms. King with both the melody and lyric. She paints her dynamics with great expression, too. This is a classic and classy cabaret vocalist who has a keen theatrical sense which works well on more sophisticated lyric content. She and McKenna are pod-peas.
McKenna, at the keyboard to superbly accompany King (and perform solo on 5 cuts) is 88-keys of swing, taste, energy and power. A legendary tunesmith, he’s no wallflower when it comes to working these familiar Gershwin melodies. His terrific partnering chops and subtle (and some not so subtle – listen closely to “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” as McKenna keeps “foot-time!”) rhythmic drive provide King an ideal way to expand up on top (“Fun to Be Fooled,” “My Ship”). His solo efforts are a post-graduate course in one-person keyboarding (“Long Ago and Far Away”) and rhythmic momentum (“Soon”).
Perhaps the best description of “This is New” is that the Gershwin music – and the talent – here are timelessly wonderful. Enjoy, no minimum.
(Posted on 5/17/2015)
- This Is NewReview by Simon Sez
Teddi King sings eight duets with Dave McKenna, performing songs with Ira Gershwin lyrics including several that have titles that could apply to her situation such as “Here’s What I’m Here For” and “Isn’t It A Pity.” Since she did not quite complete the album, there are also five ballads that are played by McKenna as piano solos. The music is emotional and effective, a must for Teddi King fans since her singing never declined.
Simon Sez: Teddi King’s Sings Ira Gershwin (IC1044) is her last recording, eight good duets with Dave McKenna and five piano solos without her. (Posted on 5/6/2014)