...a classic jazz singer...a powerful presence...
Long an established performer around Chicago, vocalist Alison Ruble's debut release brings together some of the scene's most forward thinking players for a set of re-envisioned jazz standards and modern pop tunes, arranged and co-produced by guitarist John McLean. Ruble casts her rich alto in a variety of open ended settings that deftly reference classic jazz, even as she stretches the boundaries of The Great American Songbook, including arrangements of "So In Love," "If I Had You," and "Lazy Afternoon," to more modern fare such as the Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me."
1 Interlude 4:06
2 So In Love 5:27
3 If I Had You 4:28
4 Skylark 5:32
5 Always Something There To Remind Me 4:39
6 We Kiss In A Shadow 3:46
7 Lazy Afternoon 4:30
8 It's Magic 2:51
9 Something In The Way She Moves 4:46
10 The Night Has A Thousand Eyes 5:53
11 This Nearly Was Mine 3:08
ALISON RUBLE - vocals
JOHN MCLEAN - guitar
JO ANN DAUGHERTY - piano
JIM GAILLORETO - soprano sax / alto flute
LARRY KOHUT - string bass / chapman stick
TIM DAVIS - drums
GERALDO DE OLIVEIRA - percussion
Produced by ALISON RUBLE and JOHN MCLEAN
Recorded at STEVE FORD STUDIO, Chicago, IL
Engineered and mixed by CHRIS SZUBERLA and COLIN SIPOS
Mastered by JOHN LARSON
Cover art by ALISON RUBLE
Cover design by JOHN BISHOP
All About Jazz.com (John Barron)
It's amazing that out of the clutter of an industrial urban center like Chicago, a voice as serene and unruffled as Alison Ruble's can exist. For her debut recording, the opulent vocalist teams up with guitarist extraordinaire/producer John McLean for an intriguing journey through a collection of timeless American classics. The song selection, a ...
All Music Guide (Ken Dryden)
Alison Ruble is a sublime vocalist with an adventurous spirit on her debut CD. Gifted with a rich alto and precise articulation, she blends elements of pop and folk into her infectious arrangement of Cole Porter's "So in Love," while her sublime, deliberate and funky setting of "If I Had You" casts another chestnut in very new light. Guitarist John ...
Chicago Jazz.com (Paul Abella)
Vocalist Alison Ruble adds her name to the list of great Chicago musicians making CDs for Seattle's Origin Records with her latest, This is a Bird. It's a beautiful disc with a phenomenal backing band that would likely make it nearly impossible to put out anything but a top-notch effort. So, put a great singer on top and play a bunch of great tunes ...
CD Hotlist: Baker & Taylor (Michael Bonnard)
A surprising debut! Ruble sounds like a well-seasoned performer with a voice that is uncannily happy and mournful at the same time. She covers standard Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, and Rodgers/Hammerstein material as well as James Taylor. A versatile performer with a great band behind her. Hope for more in the future. Highly recommended. ...
JazzTimes, Jan/Feb 09 (Christopher Loudon)
Alison Rble's gemlike voice recalls the crystalline beauty and purity of the young Joni Mitchell. Befitting such a jewel, the settings are equally fine. Guitarist John McLean has fashioned 11 thoughtful arrangements, hitting each tune's core with the skill and precision of an expert marksmen. If only the same could be said of Ruble. Traversing a ...
South Bend Tribune (JACK WALTON)
On her debut album, "This Is a Bird," jazz vocalist Alison Ruble creates an atmosphere where nostalgia and innovation go hand-in-hand. Even the artwork and album title reflect this. Ruble discovered a box of old letters that her mother and grandmother had written to each other, and snippets of the women's handwriting appear on the cover and in t ...
Muszer Oldal - Budapest (Rudolf Radnai)
http://www.muszeroldal.hu/news/recordreviews09.html TRANSLATED FROM HUNGARIAN The exceptionally beautiful voice, Alison Ruble in 2001 appeared in the rich life of the famous Chicago jazz. Since then, standing in the famous jazz clubs, acting as the Andy's Jazz Club, Green Mill Jazz ClubThe Pete Miller's or Pops For Champagne. Many actions and ...