Jackie Ryan – You and the Night and the Music

NajeeJackie Ryan
You and the Night and the Music
(Openart – 2007)
by Paula Edelstein

There are a few truly special jazz vocalists on the scene today who can rightfully claim the thrones of the late Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McCrae, Billie Holiday and even Ella Fitzgerald. In that rare class is Jackie Ryan, a beautiful lady and an even more beautiful singer. On YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC, she sings one of the best pure jazz sets that I’ve heard in a long time. Her perfect pitch and three octave range is both emotional and stylish. The songs Ms. Ryan has selected are truly great vehicles for her wonderful voice.

They are comforting, intimate and cool. With special guest Red Holloway, and her core group of Tamir Hendelman on piano, Jeff Hamilton on drums, Carol Robbins on harp, Larry Koonse on guitar, and Christoph Luty on bass, Jackie Ryan creates “a strange kind of chemical change that goes rushing through you” on such songs as “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” “Wild Is The Wind” and “Never Let Me Go.” Those are only a few gems on this CD but every song she sings is awesome. With her sultry tender alto and sensual looks, Jackie Ryan will cast her romantic spell on you and believe me, you’ll like it. This CD is the perfect mood maker so check her out.

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