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Have You Met Miss Lee? by Vivian Lee

If you're a jazz fan from anywhere near Sacramento, California, the question posed in this album's title would almost surely be met with a resounding yes. Singer Vivian Lee has been a key figure on the regional jazz scene for nearly a decade, with a growing reputation in a wider circuit ranging from the Bay Area to the lounges of Lake Tahoe. If you're from a more distant locale, I encourage you to meet Miss Lee.

On her third album, Lee offers eleven standards, but there's nothing standard about her performance. Consistently putting her phrasing at the service of the lyric, Lee offers genuine emotion in place of vocal theatrics. Her versions of songs like "My Romance," "It Could Happen To You" and "It Never Entered My Mind" can be fairly described as definitive.

Lee's talents have attracted the attention of some of the best players in central California, a fine ensemble of which join her on this disc, providing accompaniment that every bit as good as her exceptional vocal talents deserve. Meeting guitarist Glenn Hair, pianists Tom Whinnery and Matt McFarland and the rest of the band is every bit as pleasurable as meeting Miss Lee, and that's a great pleasure, indeed.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Vivian Lee
  • CD Title: Have You Met Miss Lee?
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Tara Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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