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Judy Niemack - about time

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Judy Niemack - about time

Judy Niemack on Vocals
Jeanfrancois Prins on Guitars
Eddie Gomez on Bass
Lee Konitz on Saxophone
David Friedman on Vibes
Edson Café on Percussion


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 27, 2005

This is a mesmerizing vocal CD, with saxophone, vibes, and exotic percussion joining guitars and bass in rapturous and renowned themes, with brand new jazz/dance, rhythm/cabaret arrangements. Judy Niemack is blessed with a wide, breathless vocal range that carries her sound to tonal highs and lows, depending on the shifting mood and song selection of the moment.

Notable tracks:

#1 – Talk Awhile – Composed by Pat Metheny/Judy Niemack. Composed by Niemack with Pat Metheny, this piece includes David Friedman on vibes and Edson Café’s steel and steady percussion. A long riff on vibes, with accompaniment from Jeanfrancois Prins’ guitar and Eddie Gomez’ bass, is followed by Niemack’s turn on scat.

#6– As Time Goes By – Composed by Herman Hupfeld. This most popular ballad is interpreted here by Niemack with a summery Samba beat, assisted by Gomez’ rich bass, in solos and backup, plus Prins’ contrasting, more chipper rhythm. Café’s shakers and clavé rhythm add pulsating pizzazz.

#7 – ’Round Midnight – Composed by Monk/Williams/Gillespie/Hanighen. Niemack, in the role of Miles Davis’ renowned, muted trumpet, with Lee Konitz on sax on a complementary theme, adds an intriguing solo for Prins and another (more contemporary) for Konitz. This is a late night, more than midnight arrangement.

#10 – Time Remembered – Composed by Bill Evans/Paul Lewis. Like dripping rain, Niemack’s vocals exude ethereal and elegant airiness. Gomez shares this theme in a seasoned duo riff with Prins, before Niemack seamlessly returns.

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