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.
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.
“Whether you’re a fan of the intimacy of the Beegie Adair Trio’s regular Thursday night stand in Nashville or you love the romping swing of their concert offerings around the globe, you’ll feel immediately transported to your favorite seat in the house when you hit the “play” button on your copy of “The Real Thing”, Beegie’s first live CD project. Recorded at the Nashville Jazz Workshop on one of the best Steinway pianos of any jazz venue, with one of the best jazz audiences anywhere, all the right elements are in place to optimize this effort. I suspect Mulligan and Torme would have enjoyed this title track version of their lovely tune as well as the other offerings on the disc. I’m sure you will, too.”
“When you combine sophistication, musical royalty and a fresh approach to the Great American Songbook, you get “Monica Ramey with the Beegie Adair Trio”. This new CD is a wonderful blend of classic songs, beautiful arrangements and world class musicianship. Monica’s exquisite vocal performance with Beegie’s elegant piano style is a match made in heaven.”
“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.”
“By the time the opening suspended harmonies of “The Lamp Is Low” filled my room, I was hooked. I pretty much stopped everything else I was doing and let the record spin until the music stopped. There’s great vitality, generosity, and authenticity in this live set, plus many moments of shimmering beauty. Beegie has the confidence and wisdom to dispense with anything that would interfere with the telling of her story, so what she communicates feels very direct, very honest. She’s beautifully supported here by Roger and Chris, and as a group they transition effortlessly between dreamlike moods, playful swing, and deep-rooted grooves. Our spirits want to dance, and music like this reminds us of that.”