...a great collection of songs with a range of emotions, good stories, honest delivery...
At once subtle and elegant, sultry and soulful, Gail Pettis' rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have inspired comparisons to Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn and Carmen McRae. The Seattle-based vocalist shines on her debut recording, offering very personal interpretations of standards such as "Black Coffee," "Moonlight in Vermont," "A Certain Smile" and the title track. Pettis also explores less traveled territory with songs like 'Help a Good Girl Go Bad," The Guy I Dream About" and an original, "We've Met Before," by pianist Randy Halberstadt. "Gail's delivery invites the listener into a warm and intricate atmosphere of musical magic." - Overton Berry, Seattle Jazz Hall of fame.
1 May I Come In? 6:05
2 Help a Good Girl Go Bad 3:25
3 A Certain Smile 4:38
4 Moonlight in Vermont 5:15
5 Show Me 4:48
6 Black Coffee 6:35
7 Desafinado 4:36
8 I Just Found Out About Love 3:06
9 I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face 3:04
10 If I Were You 3:57
11 We've Met Before 5:36
12 The Girl I Dream About 3:27
13 She Spoke to Me 4:08
Gail Pettis - vocals
Randy Halberstadt - piano (3-6,8,11,12)
Darin Clendenin - piano (1,2,7,10,13)
Jeff Johnson - bass (3-9,12)
Clipper Anderson - bass (1,2,7,10,13)
Mark Ivester - drums, percussion
Darren Motamedy - flute (7)
Marco DeCarvalho - guitar (7, 13)
Produced by Gail Pettis
Recorded and mixed by David Lange,
David Lange Studios, Edgewood, WA
Mastered by Mark Guenther, Seattle
Disc Mastering, Seattle, WA
Cover photography by
Dominic Bonuccelli (azfoto.com)
Design by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
On her debut recording, Gail Pettis shows off a nice sensitivity to her music. The songs, a mix of standards, originals, and lost classics, are given a touching respect. Maybe more importantly though, Pettis is singing along with the band, as opposed to singing in front of a backing group. The piano (alternately played by Randy Halberstadt and Dari ...
Rifftides (Doug Ramsey)
In her recording debut, the Seattle singer chooses a mixture of familiar standards and less-well-known songs, delivering them with warmth and intelligent interpretation. Pettis concentrates on serving songwriters' intentions, but her delighted treatment of Jimmy McHugh's "I Just Found Out About Love" includes one of two scatting episodes in the col ...
Platter Chatter (George Fendel)
Maybe a few of you remember a very talented, generally unheralded singer named Ethel Ennis. Well, Gail Pettis reminded me a bit of Ms. Ennis, and that's to say, she's very good and sings effortlessly and with no "frosting." Great tunes here like Black Coffee, Desafinado, Show Me and lots more. Ms. Pettis' trio accompaniment includes Randy Halbersta ...
Cadence, Jan-Mar 2008 (Alan Bargebuhr)
"May I Come In?" brings to light the hitherto recondite vocal gifts of Gail Pettis. Despite having established herself in and around her Seattle base, and in various foreign ports of call, such as The Netherlands, where she was recently artist-in-residence at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival, and in Japan where she was guest artist at the Kobe Annual J ...
O, The Oprah Magazine (Melissa Goldberg)
Gail Pettis can't explain the difference between Lydian and Dorian scales, but that doesn't concern the 58-year-old jazz singer one bit. Because when Pettis saunters up to a microphone and unleashes her rich alto on a Nat King Cole classic, technicalities are the last thing on her mind. "Jazz is about expressing what's inside you in a real way, ...