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Album Review

Rebecca Parris, like many other jazz artists, sought to make a studio recording that is fairly close to what one of her live engagements might sound like. Because she utilizes her regular rhythm section and sticks to gig-tested songs and familiar arrangements while adding some spice with a few all-star guest soloists, You Don't Know Me is truly a memorable recording. Parris is a slightly husky alto who knows the nuances of jazz singing, she doesn't go through the motions mouthing the lyrics but acts as if she has lived them; she also arranged the songs in collaboration with pianist Brad Hatfield. A perfect example is her almost-conversational interpretation of Duke Ellington's ballad "I Don't Know About You," where she lags behind the beat and makes it seem like she's conveying it over coffee. She's not particularly a fan of scat singing, since too many vocalists have no clue as to how to properly do it, but when Parris chooses to incorporate it into her brisk treatment of "All of You," backed by vibraphone virtuoso Gary Burton and her regular bassist Peter Kontrimas, it's clear that she knows what she's doing. Tenor sax great Houston Person is on hand for Parris' moving rendition of the late Etta Jones' signature song "Don't Go to Strangers," while another fine tenorist, Jerry Bergonzi, makes a guest appearance on her snappy setting of "East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)." This CD is a perfect example of what can happen when a talented jazz vocalist gets her way in the studio, something that doesn't happen often enough!

Customer Reviews

You Don't Know Me

I am so excited to see Rebecca Parris here on i tunes! Unfortunately I bought this album before learning it was here. I love it, especially the track title, "You Don't Know Me" and "I Didn't Know What Time It Was". You should put more of her albums on itunes. She's awesome.

Not Bad For a White Chick :-)

Anyone who can sing these tunes convincingly is truely a jazz vocalist! Lord only knows she's payed her dues and is living to sing about it and we're better off! In YOU DON'T KNOW ME she's taken major burning timbers in the bonfire of torch songs and may kindle some memories so close cover befre striking. Rebecca Parris has no match. Yours in the gifted I remain -tuebe D. Cyded

truly inspirational...

i got to work with rebecca in a vocal jazz master class. she is truly inspirational. her story she tells is one that all should sit and listen to. this album is great. buy it and see for yourself. honestly, one of the best jazz/pop/everything vocalists of all time.


Born: December 28, 1951 in Needham, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Rebecca Parris is a swinging singer with a gruff voice and a no-nonsense approach that sometimes makes her seem like the Etta James of jazz. The Boston-based vocalist sang in musicals with her father in summer stock when she was only six. She actually began her professional career performing rock for a decade, not fully dedicating herself to jazz until the early 1980's. Parris has since attained a cult following and gradually become better-known to the larger jazz public. She made her recording debut...
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You Don't Know Me, Rebecca Parris
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 08, 2007

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