℗ © 2001 Chesky Records
When jazz singers interpret popular music, their main source is often the great standards and Broadway music of the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's. Turning most of their attention to George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and other famous composers of that era, they tend to ignore the rock and R&B songs of the last 40 years, assuming they are irrelevant to jazz singing. Yet worthwhile popular music didn't die with the Gershwin Brothers -- great popular songs continue to be written, and on her second Chesky album, Steppin', Christy Baron demonstrates that the popular music of the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and 1990's can, in fact, be relevant to a jazz-oriented vocalist.
Recorded February 28 - March 2, 2000 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York, NY.
Christy Baron - Vocals
Dan Zank - Piano
John Hebert - Acoustic Bass
Zach Danziger - Cymbals
Gilad - Percussion
Akim Funk Buddah - Tuvan throat singing
Chris Rogers - Trumpet
Didier Rachou - Drum and percussion programming, guitars
Doriane Ellito - Background vocals
Duane Martin Foster - Background vocals
William Galison - Chromatic harmonica
David Johansen - Spoken word
Andy Middleton - Soprano saxophone, flute
Jeff Haynes - Percussion
Christos Rafalides - Vibes
Curtis King - Vocals
Produced by Didier Rachou and David Chesky
Recorded by Barry Wolifson
Edited and mastered by Nicholas Prout
This album was made with the purest audio path, using the very best microphones, mic preamps, analog-to-digital converters, recorders, and cables with careful attention to detail to produce the most transparent and natural sound available today.
Reviews"Baron and her arranger Didier Rachou somehow manage to bind it all together with an integrity all its own, and a sound that evokes twilit cityscapes and night scenes of contemporary urban life in shades of blue and magenta with neon flashes of pink and yellow. Baron's exceptionally pretty, reed-like voice finds a perfect complement in Rachou's instrumentation, which is intoxicating in its combination of timbres and colors" - The Absolute Sound