Show Me [Palmetto]

Show Me [Palmetto]

by Kate McGarry


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After first coming out on Lemur Music in 2001, Kate McGarry's Show Me was reissued by Palmetto two years later with different art work. In a sense, the album's new front cover is misleading. Wearing a denim jacket, the jazz vocalist looks like she could be a folk singer or perhaps a traditional Irish-Celtic artist -- with a name like McGarry, one tends to think of all things Celtic. But Show Me is neither folk nor Celtic; McGarry is very much a jazz improviser, and she's a very accessible one. Although the Massachusetts native turned New York resident once studied with Archie Shepp, there is nothing avant-garde about Show Me (which was recorded in 2000). This CD has a torch-singer outlook, and McGarry brings a sweetly delicate, sometimes Chet Baker-ish vulnerability to standards like "Get Out of Town" and "This Is Always." Her singing is light, but it isn't lightweight -- and for all her subtlety, McGarry has no problem getting her points across. Like so many jazz artists, McGarry tends to pick a lot of overdone warhorses that have been recorded countless times over the years. But because her performances are as likable and charming as they are, one is inclined to be forgiving. And to her credit, McGarry also finds some worthwhile songs that haven't been beaten to death in the jazz world (including Brazilian star Djavan's "Oceano"). In the future, McGarry would do well to be more adventurous and far-reaching in her choice of material -- after all, there are plenty of great songs that don't have a Tin Pan Alley connection. But all things considered, Show Me

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2003
Label: Palmetto Records
UPC: 0753957209421
catalogNumber: 2094
Rank: 142495

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kate McGarry   Primary Artist
Steve Cardenas   Guitar
Scott Colley   Bass
Karen Hammack   Piano
Kenny Wollesen   Drums
Mauro Refosco   Percussion
Bill McHenry   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Greg Snedeker   Cello

Technical Credits

Djavan   Composer
Toninho Horta   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
Kate McGarry   Arranger,Composer
Clay Boland   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Eric Von Essen   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Michael Marciano   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
Morty Palitz   Composer
Mark Thayer   Engineer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Fernando Brant   Composer
Moe Jaffe   Composer
Steven Santoro   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements

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