As the saying goes, life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans—and my plans had nothing to do with being recorded while bearing my soul to music. But, it couldn’t be helped. I fell in love. Jazz music has entered my life, and I have no choice but to simply consider how, not if, it will change me. As I continue to learn more about this exciting musical genre, I now understand why its songs are called “standards.” Their timeless ability to captivate audiences is reinforced as each new generation takes possession of them. I am honored to be allowed to carry this “torch” for a while. I would like to thank my husband Chris for being who he is, Greg and Margaret Tivis for their love and friendship, all the talented musicians who worked on this project, and of course, our small but loyal fan base for their support.
Who knows where music will take me from here? I only know for certain that I am just beginning to see the light. . . . .
~ Kelsey Taylor
Making an album is always exciting, always exhilarating, always lots of fun, but this particular project was all that and more! The combination of Kelsey’s magical charm, her rich alto voice, her perfect enunciation, her flowing phrases, and the level of emotion she pours into each number all add up to make a great singer. Add that to the polished sound of a piano trio that’s been together for over 15 years and you’ve got a great sounding album. As usual bassist Ron White and percussionist Dennis Germenis provided a very solid musical foundation that was locked in from the start, as well as playing great solos on several numbers. Another good friend, Richard Kent, laid down a swinging tenor sax solo on one of the tracks. Engineer Steve Carr was a blast to work with and a real professional. He also did a fine job on bass on two of the songs. It was an uplifting session! The song selections are some of the greatest classics from the Great American Songbook, with a couple of jazz numbers thrown in for good measure. One of the tunes, A Sleepin’ Bee, is a Broadway tune done in a jazz style. The album really flows through a nice mixture of contrasting styles and tempos, while the music and vocals draw you into them. In Quiet Nights the native lyrics and latin rhythms will take you to Brazil, then its off to Paris for La vei en Rose. Moon River will touch your heart, Beyond the Sea will bring a smile, and so it goes. There’s something special about every song on this album, and it keeps getting better to the end. So pour the wine, dim the lights, and just let the music wash over you. Your soul will thank you. ~ Greg Tivis