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Track Listing
1. Sweet Pumpkin
2. Nobody Else But Me
3. That Ole Devil Called Love
4. It's Crazy
5. Tenderly
6. Thou Swell
7. Love Isn't Everything
8. I Wish I Knew
9. I Got A Feeling' I'm Fallin'
10. Beautiful Moons Ago
11. My Blue Heaven
Artist:
Lucy Yeghiazaryan
Title:
Blue Heaven
Label:
Cellar Live
Cat No:
CM030119
Format:
CD
Price £10.99
When listening to Yeghiazaryan, one is struck by the fact that despite her strong presence musically, each performance seems less about her, and more about the ongoing story of that song, to which she is but one contributor. This idea, that jazz does not have definitive or quintessential versions (a Platonic ideal?), pushes against the encroaching creep of jazz's "classicization," empowering a more authentic and folkloric approach to performing, listening and appreciating this music. Perhaps such an approach is not surprising given Yeghiazaryan's upbringing in Armavir, Armenia, where, as she explained, there was nothing special about singing, portraying it instead as simply part of everyday life. This connection to folk is most apparent in Yeghiazaryan's unpretentious (and decidedly non-precious) delivery of a lyric, which references the communicative power of such early influences as Elis Regina, Miriam Makeba and Etta Jones, and continuously draws the listener back to the original compositional meaning. She has assembled some of this musically simpatico community here with tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart, the woefully under-recorded guitarist Greg Ruggiero, young bassist Daniel Duke and the great drummer Steve Williams-- no stranger to working with singers as longtime accompanist to the late Shirley Horn--all of whom are captured beautifully with an unmediated acoustically pure sound at Brooklyn's Wilson Live studio.