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One Special Night by Shawnn Monteiro

Shawnn Monteiro works in the tradition of the great ladies of jazz, and springs from one of the great families of jazz. One night in 2002, she held a bit of family reunion, gathering her father, bassist Jimmy Woode, and her godfather, trumpeter Clark Terry, with 'Papa' Jimmy Cobb on drums and her musical director, pianist John Harrison, and presented a program that celebrated their respective talents and the traditions they serve.

What a celebration it was. This was the kind of night jazz fans dream of, with a stage full of masterful players and a mood full of fun. The focus was on bop and blues, and the musicians generated the kind of mutual chemistry that audiences love, because the players so obviously love one another and what they're up to. They not only play together, they play with each other, as in Terry and Monteiro's joyful interplay during a freeform blues medley.

Clark Terry is given center stage for a time to display both his mastery of his horn and his considerable talent as a story teller, and he's a man with some stories to tell. When he announces a "low down, greasy, grimy, chit'lin type blues," he delivers, and when he turns to the Thelonious Monk book for "Let's Cool One," he shows why people have been standing in line to hear him play for over a half a century.

Terry's only one of five here, though, and there's not a disappointing performance from any member of the ensemble. Cobb and Woode offer a master class in jazz rhythm, and Harrison comps, fills and solos with ease and grace. Shawnn Moneiro hold her own with a rich voice that serves as a lead instrument in itself. It's just an amazing ensemble, and it was truly One Special Night.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Shawnn Monteiro
  • CD Title: One Special Night
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Whaling City Sound
  • Tracks: Opening Remarks; The Lamp Is Low; Just In Time; Never Let Me Go; Blues Medley With The Mumbles Man; Introduction To Greasy Blues; Having Chit’lins On The Champs Elysees, Paris; Introduction: Monk Story; Let’s Cool One; All My Tomorrows; The Nearness Of You; Sunday
  • Musicians: Shawnn Monteiro (vocals); Clark Terry (trumpet, mumbles); John Harrison III (piano); Jimmy Woode (bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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