Archive for July 22nd, 2013

Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio – Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio

Romance is the theme with Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio (Adair Music Group, 2013). It’s a set of 14 ballads that defies the trend that seems to have flamed out. That trend, rock stars from the 1960s and ’70s recording albums of jazz standards, wore out The American Songbook – that collection of vintage jazz songs that have been covered by just about every singer who has done a jazz album.

Instead of an aging rock star, such as Rod Stewart, deciding he must get jazz out of his system, we have Ramey, a vocalist whose style is more suited to this music. A native of Francesville, Indiana and now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ramey began her musical journey as the age of 3, and has studied at the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. In 1995, she was selected to become a member of the Grammy National All-American High School Jazz Band and Choir.

Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio is the first recording featuring these two entities. The trio is Adair, piano; Roger Spencer, bass; and Chris Brown, drums. George Tidwell, trumpet and flugelhorn; and Denis Solee, saxophones and flute, appear on a few tracks.

Read more …