Thursday, April 09, 2009

Melissa Morgan Conjures The Sounds Of Old-School Vocal Jazz

Debut recording, Until I Met You, set for release April 28, 2009

Morgan is a newcomer with an old-school pedigree. Her earliest exposure to jazz was by way of her grandmothers record collection when she was growing up in Teaneck, New Jersey. Some of the first jazz voices she ever heard from among those old LPs Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson were also some of the greatest.

Two decades after first hearing those classic voices, Morgans tastes still run to that heyday of the great jazz divas. Her debut recording, Until I Met You, scheduled for release on Telarc on April 28, 2009, captures that organic, old-school sensibility and reintroduces it to an entirely new generation of listeners.

I wanted that classic sound, Morgan explains. I told the engineer from the very beginning, I dont want this to sound too polished or too modern. There are some places where its not perfect, but it has such an organic feel to it, and just a raw soul about it, and thats exactly what I wanted.

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