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Antoinette Montague - Behind The Smile (2010)

5-08-2016, 18:07
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Title: Behind The Smile
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: Blues Straight Ahead
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3/320
Total Time: 52:40
Total Size: 134 Mb


1. Behind The Smile
2. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
3. Give Your Mama One Smile
4. Ever Since the One I Love's Been Gone
5. What's Going On
6. The Song Is You
7. I'd Rather Have a Memory Than a Dream
8. Lost in Meditation
9. Get Ready
10. Summer Song
11. Somewhere in the Night
12. Meet Me at No Special Place
13. 23rd Psalm

Antoinette Montague: vocals
Bill Easley: saxophone, flute, clarinet
Mulgrew Miller: piano
Peter Washington: bass
Kenny Washington: drums

With every smile is a story. Singer Antoinette Montague explores this concept with Behind the Smile, a collection of 13 songs that represent things that have influenced the smiles in her life. A native of Newark, New Jersey, Montague has performed at a variety of venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazzmobile's Summer Breeze concert series and the Zebra Room in Harlem's Lenox Lounge. Accompanying her on this effort are woodwind player Bill Easley, pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington - Vocals.
"Behind the Smile," written by Montague with musical notation by Bertha Hope, is a sassy, blues-flavored selection. Easley solos on saxophone, complemented by Miller who follows with a solo of his own and the Washingtons. "I love your style; you stole my heart," Montague sings, with a flare reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald but with her own vocal imprint. Easley plays clarinet on "Give Your Mama a Smile," where the rhythm section is cool and relaxed behind Montague's charming lead. Montague and the band deliver a jazz lounge rendition of Marvin Gaye's hit, "What's Going On." During the middle break, Easley covers the vocal chant on saxophone while Montague sings lyrics that aren't in the original recording. The band's ad-lib during the fade adds to the uniqueness of this arrangement.
Several of the songs chosen for Behind the Smile are from genres other than jazz, including blues and pop. However, the arrangements by Montague and Miller serve as an example of how well music can be adapted to a jazz context. (Woodrow Wilkins)

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