2000 Teresa Manzella
Teresa Manzella vocals; John Hyvarinen guitar; Adam Linz bass; Tony Moreno drums; Gary Berg tenor sax; Mary Louise Knutson piano; Michael OBrien - bass
Her voice is joy-filled and effortless. When you listen you can feel a wealth of gentle strength and good taste. All in all, this is an auspicious release by a vocalist surely destined for great things. Johnny Adams, And All That Jazz (KNRY/KIEZ), Moneterey County Post (CA)
In her debut album, Teresa Manzella hits some home runs. Throughout the CD you will find great vocals backed by equally great musicianship. Manzella has a smooth style that glides over the swingin rhythm section, floating from phrase to phrase.
This is a great jazz album with some inspiring covers. However, dancers will only find a couple of great danceable tunes. But as long as they are willing to lend an ear and not just a couple of dancin feet, they will find wonderful music throughout.
Dancers will enjoy Out of Nowhere, a song with good energy at 161 beats per minute (bpm), My Babe, another faster tempo at 179 bpm, Lullaby of Birdland, a great rendition at 142 bpm and a wonderful version of Ive Got My Love to Keep Me Warm at 115 bpm. Dont panic at the beginning of this song. It starts out a little interesting but I promise it swings and youll want to be on the dance floor for it.
Two tunes on the bubble include Sassys Blues at 126 bpm, which I would have considered my favorite danceable song on the CD if it hadnt had the 1:27 bass solo that makes even the experienced Lindy Hopper struggle out on the floor, and Youd be So Nice to Come Home To, a great swingin song with no suprises like in Sassys Blues. This one, however, may scare some off with a cookin 226 bpm. However it is truly a great song and if you do Balboa, Shag or Fast Lindy, youll like this one.
The rest of the tunes are good but dont lend themselves to swing dancing. My favorite of the slower tempos is Peel Me a Grape (88 bpm). Manzellas voice is sexy and inviting, a great play with the lyrics of the song.
Bottom Line: To buy or not to buy .. IF YOU LIKE JAZZ, BUY THIS ONE! If you do, heres how: contact Ms. Manzella by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.