Adair Music Group and Nashville NPR Station, WMOT 89.5fm, are proud to announce the rebroadcasts of radio show “Improvised Thoughts” in the show’s original Sunday 7 p.m. weekly time slot, beginning Sunday, February 9, 2014!
a musician comes along with impeccable technique, deep understanding of the jazz repertoire, an innate tendency to swing and the rare ability to communicate the heart and soul of a tune to listeners. That musician is Beegie Adair.
[Dream Dancing is] a testament to Beegie’s inventive jazz sense, her wonderful sense of time and improvised melody.
Helen Merrill, legendary jazz singer
“Having grown up in an era when live jazz recordings were commonplace, I believe the organic difference created when performing in front of an audience is really magical. With the new CD, Beegie has proven this once again. It’s a genuine pleasure to hear her, along with Roger and Chris, relax, stretch out and share their real-time experience with us. I enjoyed from first note to last.”
There was a brief period in the late 1950s and very early ’60s when Capitol sagely paired George Shearing with a succession of the label’s top vocalists, including Peggy Lee, Dakota Staton, Nancy Wilson and Nat King Cole. The results were uniformly wonderful, setting a standard for sophistication that has, until now, never quite been equaled. But in Monica Ramey and Beegie Adair, Shearing and company have finally met their match.
Ramey and Adair have united before. The pianist joined the then-neophyte singer for two tracks on her 2009 debut album, Make Someone Happy. But they provided merely a subtle hint of the rich banquet to come. Perhaps it’s the urbane playlist, peppered with the well-aged likes of “You Fascinate Me So,” “Will You Still Be Mine?,” “Lullaby of the Leaves” and “Whisper Not.” Or maybe it’s Ramey’s ability to blend the suavity of Bobby Short with the sangfroid of Lee Wiley. Or it could be Adair’s refined agility, reminiscent of the young Barbara Carroll. Actually, it’s the combination of all three that evokes a sense of those bespoke Shearing days. Most impressive, the overall feeling here is more respectful than retro, as if some tony East Side boîte had, like Brigadoon, magically re-emerged.
Along for the stylish ride are Adair’s triomates, bassist Roger Spencer and drummer Chris Brown, here and there augmented by George Tidwell on trumpet and flugelhorn and Denis Solee on saxophones and flute.
“After 32 studio CD’s with the Beegie Adair Trio, Nashville’s “First Lady of Jazz” has just delivered a beautiful and swingin’ live CD! Lots of great energy, arrangements and stellar performances by Beegie and her band. Cheers to yet another gem in the history books!”
“There are lots of piano players around, but one of the best is a lady named Beegie Adair. After listening to her latest CD, I realized, here is something very special. When you have great musical ears and the talent to use them, you have something special…enter Beegie Adair! Do yourself a big favor. Get the CD, your favorite jug (whatever that happens to be), sit down and have a listen. I believe you will love this CD as I do.”