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Album Review

Dee Alexander was a part of the Chicago jazz scene for some time prior to this outing, working with the late Malachi Thompson and recording a pair of CDs as a leader. Alexander has a fluid voice, good chops, and a flair for expression, especially in Thompson's Latin-flavored cooker "Surrender Your Love." She is backed by a potent rhythm section with bassist Harrison Bankhead, drummer Leon Joyce, Jr., and either Miguel de la Cerna or Mike Logan at the piano. Alexander's dramatic interpretation of Dimitri Tiomkin's "Wild Is the Wind" and emotional treatment of Nina Simone's "Four Women" show her flair for drama. But some of the original material doesn't hold up as well. The late Henry Huff penned several interesting melodies, though his weak lyrics handicap the singer. Alexander's lyrics are no better, as on the repetitious tribute to Huff "C U on the Other Side," though Logan's catchy vamp proves interesting. This is a good CD that would have been more memorable with a judicious selection of material.

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Hear What Thousands of Chicagoans Know

Dee Alexander is a powerful source of musical inspiration in and around the city of Chicago. I have been fortunate enough to hear her in a variety of venues ranging from the African Festival of the Arts to the Buddist Cultural center. We recently heard her at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where she performed with a quartet comprised of bass, drums, vibes and violin. The diverse Chicago audience hung on to every note of her dynamic performance. This album is a good representation of the creativity Ms Alexander and her musicians bring to a performance. It is highly recommended and should prove to be a welcomed addition to your collection. Look for her next work:, a live recording made while in Italy. Stay on the case Dee!

Wild Is the Wind, Dee Alexander
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: Mar 19, 2009

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