Christina Watson | A Flower Truly Blue

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A Flower Truly Blue

by Christina Watson

A lush and emotionally charged record that mixes top-notch Nashville session players with spectacular song choices, "A Flower Truly Blue" takes Christina's proven impressive vocal prowess to another level.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Lazy Afternoon
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2. The World Is What You Make It
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3. Half Moon
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4. We Can Work It Out
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5. A Flower Truly Blue
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6. Don't Misunderstand
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7. All Of You
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8. A Thousand Kisses Deep
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9. Free
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10. All I Need Now
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11. What Do Your Voodoo Do?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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\"One of the year’s best jazz releases from a Nashville artist is Christina Watson’s new CD A Flower Truly Blue.\"
-- Ron Wynn, The City Paper (Nashville, TN)

\"Wow.. Jane the JazzDog sent me your new cd.. just heard it.. going to start multiple tracks in heavy play on www.radioio.com channels radioIO Real Jazz... and radioIO Vocal Jazz in heavy rotation. Fabulous.. You must know Pat Coil well.. I received his cd last week and we will be starting it full blast as well. Your voice and his touch on the keys are world class. I have been waiting for you in 2008. Let me predict these two albums to top our charts at radioIO..\"
-- your newest appreciative fan drmike Michael Matheny radioIO Real Jazz program director/radio host

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Originally from Middlesboro, Kentucky and Knoxville, Tennessee, Christina moved to Nashville in 2001 after graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Since her arrival in Music City, her versatile voice of 3 + octaves and love of all cultures have gained her entry into a wide array of musical situations, including appearances at various jazz festivals and venues in the US, France, Belgium, Sweden and China. Her Watson Utterstrom Nordic Quintet toured Sweden in the summer of 2007 and appeared in Sweden and Belgium in April 2008.

Her new CD \"A Flower Truly Blue\" features arranger Pat Coil on piano and B3, Jeff Coffin on sax, Oscar Utterstrom on trombone, Joe Gross on trumpet, Craig Nelson on bass, Bob Mater on drums, and vocalist Jeff Hall makes a guest appearance on \"The World Is What You Make It\" on which he also contributes a 4-part vocal arrangement sung by himself and Christina. In 2004 she released her debut album “All About Love.”

Christina sings soprano in the Nashville based vocal jazz quartet 3rd Coast Vocals, directed by tenor/arranger Jeff Hall. She teaches private voice lessons from her home studio, at St. Edward\'s School in Nashville and from Gene Ford Music in Brentwood, TN. She is an instructor of vocal literature, chart writing and music theory at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Christina directs the women\'s a capella choir \"The Holiday Belles,\" which performs for charity, and she\'s a member of the folk/Celtic vocal group \"The Ravens.\"

Christina also holds a BA in French from Centre College and an MA in French Literature from UT Knoxville.


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mark shilansky

Wonderful, personal statement from a \"truly\" great artist
I\'ve worked with Christina before, and WOW... haven\'t heard her use your low range like that before... Her intention on each song is so clear and the arrangements match.

I think \"lazy afternoon\" is SUCH a boring tune... She made me like it... what a great performance.
Paul Brady tune is SO funny, and what a great arrangement, with the singers [also so tight]... builds so nicely, and just the right amount of activity at the right times.
Let\'s see what else I love... the original tunes are great... I thought they were standards...

and the Leonard Cohen thing is great too... one really has to \"act\" his lyrics, but not embellish the melody too much, and she succeeds at this... nice percussion track, w/udu drum, etc.

Most of all, besides just being a collection of great performances (including some great trombone work by Oscar Utterstrom), the CD works as a cohesive whole, an evolving statement from beginning to end. Each tune seems to have a purpose and a reason for coming in the line-up the way it does.