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You Stepped Out Of A Dream by Kate Paradise

"Mean To Me" is on my CD player and on my CD player. Then it's on my CD player again. Paradise went to the University of Miami School of Music. There's a live cut on here, Peggy Lee and Johnny Mandel's "The Shining Sea," from her senior recital. I really like that because my daughter, the jazz pianist, went to New College and played a Mose Allison song at her senior recital. It's the only one my son didn't record because he ran out of tape.

Wes Montgomery's "West Coast Blues" will make you want to move west while "'Round Midnight" has the words to Monk's classic, by Charles "Cootie" Williams and Bernard Hanigan. On "You Stepped Out Of A Dream" and "Alone Together" Paradise scat sings like Ella Fitzgerald without the Memorex. Usual Diana Krall comparisons. Elvis Costello has such good taste and they have twins with interesting names. Good pedigrees too.

I particularly like John River's bass playing, but then, my grandson is being groomed to play the bass with his mother and his jazz drummer father. Every good family band needs a bass player. "Teach Me Tonight" may make you want to register for lessons. Joseph Davidian's piano playing is essential too.

Paradise grew up in New Hampshire and is relatively new to Burlington (Vermont), her bio says. How far's Burlington? She's 25 and has performed with Kurt Elling, Kevin Mahogany, Claudia Acuna and Eliane Elias. She's tremendous and so is her band. Just who is Diana Krall again? Is she from Burlington too?

Kate Paradise is a jazz singer and educator. So there may be more like her coming down the pike. She makes me miss Wes Montgomery. But good jazz always does that. "Thanks to all the highly skilled teachers and musicians in New Hampshire, Florida and Vermont," Paradise says in her liner notes. Long may they take solos.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kate Paradise
  • CD Title: You Stepped Out Of A Dream
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Sonic Mirage
  • Rating: Four Stars
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