...a retro air that hints at the silken sophistication and storytelling elan of the young Nancy Wilson...
With an exquisitely subtle three-and-a-half-octave approach to the Great American Songbook, Gail Pettis developed a loyal following as her debut recording "May I Come In?" received international play throughout 2007. Now she returns with "Here in the Moment," a collection of 11 songs including a 5/4 arrangement of "Who Can I Turn To," a rousing latin treatment of "I Could Have Danced All Night," and a duo with bass on the Nashville hit "Snap Your Fingers." With a recent award of "Northwest Vocalist of the Year" from Earshot Jazz, "Here In The Moment" reflects an exciting period in this singular vocalist's musical career.
1 In the Still of the Night 3:26
2 The Very Thought of You 3:57
3 Who Can I Turn To? 5:48
4 I Thought About You 2:48
5 Night and Day 5:01
6 Day in Day Out 3:09
7 Nature Boy 4:48
8 I Could Have Danced All Night 3:23
9 At Last 4:29
10 How Did He Look? 5:31
11 Snap Your Fingers 4:06
Gail Pettis - vocals
Darin Clendenin - piano (1,2,6,7,10)
Randy Halberstadt - piano (3-5,8,9)
Clipper Anderson - bass (1,2,6,7,10,11)
Jeff Johnson - bass (3,5,8,9)
Mark Ivester - drums/percussion
Produced by Gail Pettis
Recorded and mixed by David Lange
on Nov. 28-29, Dec. 8, 2008 & May 28, 2009
at David Lange Studios, Edgewood, WA
Mastered by Mark Guenther, Seattle Disc Mastering
Cover Photography by Steve Korn,
Steve Korn Photography, Seattle, WA
Cover Design by John Bishop
ICON (Nicholas Bewsey)
***** Gail Pettis is a singer from the Seattle area who stepped into the jazz spotlight later in her life, only seriously turning to music in 2001 after a professional career. Her self-produced debut, May I Come In? was revelatory?hearing it for the first time was to discover a refreshing and fabulous new vocalist who made this listener a committe ...
Soul Tracks (Howard Dukes)
It's easy for listeners to forget, but a jazz vocalist ignores this basic fact at his or her own peril: the voice is an instrument. A whole lot of contemporary singers don?t realize that they are band members. Those singers want to be the center of attention. Their vocal acrobatics limit the creativity of their fellow musicians, turning what is sup ...
Examiner.com (Carol Banks Weber)
"Nature Boy's" been done to death in jazz clubs by everyone from Kurt Elling, Bobby Darin, and James Brown, to Celine Dion, Natalie Cole and of course, most famously by Nat King Cole in 1948. The 1947 Eden Ahbez tune - similar to Antonin Dvorak's 1887 Piano Quintet No. 2 in A, Op. 81 - is a curious, all-too-short, mysterious and possibly scandalous ...
Jazz Wax (Marc Myers)
Gail Pettis' new CD, Here in the Moment, is a throwback to the 1950s, when singers crawled inside a song and moved it around a bit while delivering a straight-up rendition. To do this requires enormous knowledge and courage. If what you try on the fly doesn't cut it, you have to be skilled enough to craft an instant solution. Sarah Vaughan was famo ...
Oregon Jazz Scene (George Fendel)
Seattle singer Gail Pettis has released her second CD for OA2, and it's another winner! I love her singing because she's a natural who doesn?t go over the top with unnecessary fluff. She's blessed with a great voice and lets that voice do its thing. With a couple of Seattle trios led by pianists Randy Haberstadt and Darin Clendenin, Pettis works c ...
The Stranger (Chris Delaurenti)
Firefox just crashed--blame the two dozen open tabs on my memory-famished laptop--and thanks to the command "Restore Session", every online excerpt from Here in the Moment (Origin), the new disc by singer Gail Pettis, begins streaming simultaneously. I'm agog. Instead of a tangled cacophony of spazzed-out drums and glossolalic singing, Pettis's s ...
Jazz Times (Christopher Loudon)
In our continuous search for the dazzle of the complex, the beauty in simplicity is often dismissed or overlooked. Such is the case with Gail Pettis, an unlikely addition to the vocal jazz pantheon (having spent three decades as an orthodontist before turning her attention to singing), but a very welcome latecomer. With the 2007 release of her de ...
All Music Guide (Ken Dryden)
Gail Pettis only started performing professionally as a jazz vocalist a few years before she made her first CD, as she had a full-time career as an orthodontist. Yet because Pettis had been singing since childhood in addition to playing French horn as a youth, she was no newcomer to performing. Gifted with an expressive alto voice, her embellishmen ...
Downbeat, August 2010 (Frank-John Hadley)
**** A former orthodontist, Pettis finds new vistas of emotion in the words and music of standards and surprises on her second album. Her wonderful version of "I Thought About You," usually identified with Ella Fitzgerald, reflects the melancholy of a sad-faced train passenger with an intimacy that few singers in any genre have knowledge of. Anoth ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Gail Pettis was a practicing orthodontist who just started her singing career in ?02. I bet she had great music in the waiting room! Here, on her second release, she teams up with a pair of trios (Darin Clendenin-Randy Halberstadt/p, Clipper Anderson-Jeff Johnson/b, Mark Ivester/dr) for some impressively original treatments of jazz standards. She's ...
Stage Door Music Reviews (Jason Gladu)
For someone who ran a successful orthodontics business for nearly two decades, Seattle-based jazz singer Gail Pettis sure can swing. Only on her second release, Pettis bebops her way though a wide range of emotions and skilled melodic paraphrasing that some jazz singers have taken decades to realize. Even though, Here In The Moment is a collection ...
The Urban Music Scene (Peggy Oliver)
When a jazz singer revisits a standard that has been tackled time and again, it is quite the task to express their musical personality without having to alter the integrity of the original. The experienced jazz vocalist should set the tone for his or her self and their accompanists to create a colorful musical canvas for their audiences. As one ...
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, ...