Ferrell, Rachelle / First Instrument


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Number de Pistes 11
1. You Send Me (5:06)
2. You Don't Know What Love Is (5:13)
3. Bye Bye Blackbird (4:24)
4. Prayer Dance (5:58)
5. Inchworm (2:19)
6. With Every Breath I Take (6:23)
7. What Is This Thing Called Love? (1:31)
8. My Funny Valentine (7:13)
9. Don't Waste Your Time (5:13)
10. Extensions (4:58)
11. Autumn Leaves (8:16)
Reviews Rachelle Ferrell made her name performing R&B, but this strictly acoustic jazz CD is her earliest recording. Her voice is quite soulful, making her later shift to R&B less of a surprise in hindsight, but Ferrell seems quite unsure of how to use her wide range, and her improvisations are often quite eccentric. Her lack of warmth and subtlety (along with a tendency to scream and screech in unexpected spots without a buildup) makes several of the numbers on this standards-oriented set difficult to listen to. Trumpeter Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter on tenor make worthwhile cameo appearances, but Rachelle Ferrell at that point in her career did not really sound ready for prime time, despite her potential. - Scott Yanow

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