An album full of tried-and-true jazz standards, fashioned around the singular theme of angels. With a top lineup, this wonderful CD features the talents of vocalist Debra Blaquiere, together with award-winning jazz pianist Joe Chindamo and his bass player extraordinaire, Phil Rex.
The eleven tracks range from the haunting to the sexy with measures of whimsy and romance. The mood shifts from the humour of the upbeat and the angels sing to the dark shadowy close to you to the lush beauty and personal lyrics of if wishes were kisses.
if wishes were kisses was a finalist in the 2004 National Songwriters Competition.
Musically, the album places emphasis on the brilliance and distinctive sophitication of piano player Joe Chindamo and the playful bassist Philip Rex.
Sydney based vocalist-songwriter Debra Blaquiere has earned a reputation as an independent artist winning over local fans with her uncanny ability to stake new claims on contemporary pop tunes, and interpretations of gorgeous jazz standards.
“the best quality CD I have heard this year”
— Bob Toll, Eastern FM
“a great voice ... was impressed ... great support band too.”
— Bobbie Ericson, 2WAY FM
“Debra Blaquiere - wonderful!!”
— Roger Carpenter, KLFM
“Debra's voice is enchanting ... the choice of theme and music very well presented.”
— Valerie Brown, 4MBS FM
“Debra has ... authority on the ballads where her lower register is to the fore ... awesome pianist/accordionist Joe Chindamo and rock-solid bassist Philip Rex are the stellar accompanists ...”
— Ron Morey, Perth Jazz Society
“delightful jazz standards and beautifully executed.”
— Debra Lea Morrice, jazzenews.com
— Beryl Ross, Radio 1 RPH
“Chindamo's inventive and imaginative piano solos are a feature of Little Wing ... everything that he plays swings superbly ...The songs and accompaniments possess intimacy and immediacy which make listening to this CD a very pleasant experience.”
— Gavin Franklin, Music Forum
- Like Someone in Love James Van Heusen Johnny Burke 4:40
- Angels Bells Harry Ruby Herbert Spencer Earle Hagan 6:02
- And the Angels Sing Johnny Mercer Ziggie Elman 5:08
- Close to You Hal David Burt Bacharach 2:42
- If Wishes were Kisses Debra Blaquiere Jeremy Challender 5:32
- Got a Date with an Angel Clifford Grey Sonny Miller Jack Waller Joseph Turnbridge 4:25
- Come Fly with Me Sammy Cahn James Van Heusen 6:03
- Angel Eyes Earl Brent Matt Dennis 4:22
- I Married an Angel Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart 2:57
- You May not be an Angel Al Dubin Harry Warren 4:25
- Carried Away Graham Nash 3:18
- Little Wing Debra Blaquiere 3:57
Van Heusen wrote 76 tunes recorded by Frank Sinatra (more than any other composer) and the songs for six of the seven Crosby-Hope "Road" pictures.
In the early 1950s, Twentieth Century Fox hired Hagen to work under Lionel Newman. Hagen worked as a second-line composer until he got his big break when he composed the hit theme for the Perry Mason TV show. He followed this with his whistling theme for The Andy Griffith Show.
With a hit-single track record spanning four decades, Burt Bacharach became one of the most important composers of popular music in the 20th century, almost equal to such classic tunesmiths as George Gershwin or Irving Berlin.
Matt Dennis was born into a musical family; his father was a singer and his mother a violinist, and the family business was a vaudeville act. In one year, Tommy Dorsey recorded fourteen of Matt's songs, including Everything Happens to Me, which was one of Frank Sinatra's early hits with the band.
More prolific than George Gershwin (who died at 38), more popular than Stephen Sondheim and esteemed among musicians of all genres. Collectively, his catalogue of songs reads like a treasury of classics from American musical theater's golden age.
In the years of the greatly popular radio program Your Hit Parade, between 1935 and 1950, forty-two songs by Harry Warren were placed in the coveted top ten. The song writer next best represented was Irving Berlin with thirty-three songs.
Without question, Graham Nash is one of the most enduring and seminal figures in popular music - becoming, part of two of the longest-lasting groups in rock 'n roll history - Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Crosy, Stills, Nash and Young.
Where to buy
Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Total playing time
- 53 minutes 31 seconds
- Martin Wright
- Martin Wright
- Move Records Studio
- Release date
- May 2003
- © 2003 Debra Blaquiere
- ℗ 2003 Move Records
- Australian, Jazz, Vocal
- Catalogue number
- MD 3265
- EAN 9314574326529