...wisps of Carmen McRae's ginger snap, Betty Carter's yawning reach, Anita O'Day's feline purr and Nancy Wilson's crystalline enunciation...just tune in to her sailing, buoyant rhythm section and her bright, eminently convincing musicianship.
Vocalist Kelley Johnson's glistening sound stands out for its emphatic clarity and direct delivery. On "Something Good," her 5th recording, Kelley presents songs as soundscapes, from lesser-heard repertoire such as Sondheim's "Anyone Can Whistle," or The Carpenters' "Goodbye to Love," to reimaginings of golden standards, Cole Porter's "You Do Something to Me," or "Unforgettable." With inventive arrangements by Johnson and John Hansen, her pianist of the last two decades, her band of Hansen, bassist Michael Glynn, NY drummer Kendrick Scott and special guest, Jay Thomas, delivers a fresh outlook, adding depth and expansiveness to this already substantial musical collection. "Kelley Johnson pulls the blues out of thin air. The deep feeling with which she interprets guarantees a profound reception. It's genuine. Johnson is a true communicator." - All About Jazz.
1. Anyone Can Whistle 6:14
2. Goodbye To Love 6:47
(Richard Carpenter/John Bettis)
3. You Do Something To Me 4:48
4. Lullaby of Birdland 5:25
5. Let's Do It 4:56
6. Some Other Time 5:05
7. Tip Toe Gently 5:28
(Mat Matthews/Paulette Girard)
8. Unforgettable 5:05
9. You For Me 2:32
10. Something Good 4:17
Produced by Kelley Johnson & Floyd Reitsma
Recorded by David Lange at David Lange Studios, Edgewood, WA
September 25, 2016
Edited by Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho, Seattle, WA
Mixed by Reed Ruddy and Andrew Ching at Studio X, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Ross Nyberg at Nyberg Mastering, Issaquah, WA
Photography by Ziggy Spiz
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Seattle Times (Paul de Barros)
Album releases by Greta Matassa and Kelley Johnson show two Seattle jazz singers at the top of their game Two artists indelibly linked to Tula's Restaurant & Jazz Club, which is closing at the end of this month, are Seattle's best female jazz singers — Greta Matassa and Kelley Johnson — who both celebrated the release of new albums at the cl ...
Musical Memoirs (Dee Dee McNeil)
Vocalist Kelley Johnson chooses songs that are golden, with lyrics that sparkle like diamonds. She opens with a Stephen Sondheim composition, "Anyone Can Whistle." The whistle ballad turns into a scat, and Ms. Johnson shows how smoothly she can transition from storyteller to jazzy scat singer. Surprisingly, she does know how to whistle and blows a ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Kelley Johnson sings with style and confidence, even whistling a bit, as she gives warm reads of standards with John Hansen/p, Michael Glynn/b, Kendrick Scott/dr and guest Jay Thomas on sax and trumpet. She's dreamy with Hansen on the clear "Anyone Can Whistle" and genteel in soft form with him and Glynn on the dainty title track, while sly during ...
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
We always enjoy a set of the good old songs but we enjoy them more when presented by someone that really gets inside the lyric and music and brings on gallons of special sauce making the tunes their own no matter how much diversity there is in the song stack. Putting everything in sharp perspective and framing it all perfectly, this classic feelin ...