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Destination Moon

Clairdee

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Album Review

A vocalist choosing to perform a program of standards in a laid-back, relaxed manner had better have the chops to sustain slow tempos since there's nowhere to hide. Clairdee, one of the very fine singers now working out of the San Francisco area, pulls this off going away. With her husky, deep-toned contralto, she runs through a musical agenda of 11 standards and near standards. All the usual adjectives rightfully apply to her voice and delivery: lush, velvet, smooth, sensuous, and romantic. But don't be misled. This is not just another pretty voice doing an easy listening album. Clairdee brings to the recording studio a jazz feeling that gives much more than a modicum of interpretative fresh air to gems from the Great American Songbook. In this undertaking, she is royally supported by the very good musicians who join her in the studio. On the title tune "Destination Moon," the opening measures by bass player John Wiitala provide the thematic framework for Clairdee and pianist Ken French to follow. Wiitala is becoming the bass player of choice for other San Francisco-based vocalists. There's a Latin-tinged rendition of "Star Eyes" that is one of the highlights of the album. Here Clairdee demonstrates the ability to be soft and tender despite a Latin beat pulsating around her. One of the rare moments of swinging animation comes on "Beautiful Friendship," where Clairdee unleashes her scatting, but in a way that does not override the whimsical ambience she creates with the CD. Dmitri Matheny's flügelhorn is used sparingly on this set. But he engages in a pleasant give-and-take with the singer on "I've Got the World on a String." With this album, Clairdee establishes her credentials as one of the more lyrical vocalists on today's scene, making Destination Moon a pleasure to recommend.

Customer Reviews

beautiful name, beautiful voice

Clairdee can take a jazz standard and make it anything but. She imbues each song with her distinctive sultry-yet-spunky style and sometimes a display of her breathtaking scatting skills. "Destination Moon" is one of this album's crown jewels, but each song is a gem - buy this album.

Biography

Born: Tucson, AZ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Jazz singer Clairdee's warm, effervescent, and sassy style has not only earned her rave reviews but also a solid fan base, of which the famed Nancy Wilson is a member. Born Barbara Clairdee in Tucson, AZ, Clairdee spent most her early years in Denver, CO, but as an Air Force child, she saw more travel than most children. It exposed her to all types of music, most of which she fell in love with. Singing began at age 14, and with such a solid voice, Clairdee was soon doing session work for television...
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