||Nightshade CD (2007) |
Judi D. CD discography With a rhythm section comprised of Kenny Barron (p), Ray Drummond (b), and Leroy Williams (d), Judi D. has released her debut album "Nightshade." It is filled with wonderful moments, swings throughout and establishes Judi D. as a world-class voice with the hip, cosmopolitan undertone that characterizes New York's deftest jazz people.
Her style borrows heavily from Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae...but there's much more to Judi D. than mere mimicry. She handles Ellington's hugely challenging "Sophisticated Lady" with just the right combination of refracted pain, misty disillusion and judgemental disdain. Her "Up Jumped Spring," superbly underlined by Wess' sax, effectively blends unexpected pleasure and thankful satisfaction. Best track: a loose-limbed "All of Me (a la King Pleasure)," that boldly displays the marvelously imaginative spirit of the unfettered Judi.
Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times Magazine, February 2007
Judi has a strong, fluid contralto voice, with which she inhabits lyrics, making them so utterly convincing that she appears to be drawing from her own life experience. Almost as soon as the laser beam opens "Tenderly," you'll hear shades of ...