You Don't Know Me

You Don't Know Me

by Rebecca Parris


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Rebecca Parris, like many other jazz artists, sought to make a studio recording that is fairly close to what one of her live engagements might sound like. Because she utilizes her regular rhythm section and sticks to gig-tested songs and familiar arrangements while adding some spice with a few all-star guest soloists, You Don't Know Me is truly a memorable recording. Parris is a slightly husky alto who knows the nuances of jazz singing, she doesn't go through the motions mouthing the lyrics but acts as if she has lived them; she also arranged the songs in collaboration with pianist Brad Hatfield. A perfect example is her almost-conversational interpretation of Duke Ellington's ballad "I Don't Know About You," where she lags behind the beat and makes it seem like she's conveying it over coffee. She's not particularly a fan of scat singing, since too many vocalists have no clue as to how to properly do it, but when Parris chooses to incorporate it into her brisk treatment of "All of You," backed by vibraphone virtuoso Gary Burton and her regular bassist Peter Kontrimas, it's clear that she knows what she's doing. Tenor sax great Houston Person is on hand for Parris' moving rendition of the late Etta Jones' signature song "Don't Go to Strangers," while another fine tenorist, Jerry Bergonzi, makes a guest appearance on her snappy setting of "East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)." This CD is a perfect example of what can happen when a talented jazz vocalist gets her way in the studio, something that doesn't happen often enough!

Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2007
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0619981216623
catalogNumber: 98121662
Rank: 242207

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rebecca Parris   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jerry Bergonzi   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Houston Person   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Peter Kontrimas   Bass
Matthew Gordy   Drums

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Eddy Arnold   Composer
Frankie Laine   Composer
Jerry Bergonzi   Author
Houston Person   Author
Rebecca Parris   Arranger,Producer,Author
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Peter Kontrimas   Engineer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Dave Mann   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Arthur Kent   Composer
Bob Perkins   Liner Notes
John M. Elliott   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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