Judy Carmichael | I Love Being Here With You

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I Love Being Here With You

by Judy Carmichael

Grammy nominated pianist/vocalist Judy Carmichael is one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride piano and swing. Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride," acknowledging the command with which she plays this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style. Judy’s new release I Love Being Here With You is her first all-vocal CD boasting an all-star line-up headed by multiple Emmy and Grammy winner Mike Renzi on piano, (who served as Music Director for Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé and countless others) along with celebrated tenor saxophonist Harry Allen (who’s recorded with Tony Bennett and many others) and bassist Jay Leonhart (whose collaborations range from Judy Garland to Sting!).
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1. I Can't Give You Anything but Love
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2. If Dreams Come True
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3. I Don't Know Enough About You
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4. Say It Isn't So
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5. Why Can't You Behave
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6. This Can't Be Love
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7. Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
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8. I Love Being Here With You
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9. The Lamp Is Low
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10. Somebody Loves Me
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11. Talk to Me
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Judy’s first all-vocal CD and her first time giving the piano duties to someone else, in this case the great Mike Renzi, who played for Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, Liza and all those wonderful Muppets, as Musical Director for Sesame Street.
As Judy says in the liner notes: “People who know my music, think of me as the gal who plays upbeat, energetic, stride piano. A few of my close pals know I’m also a fan of juicy ballads, early musicals, cheeky lyrics and swinging’ standards. This recording gave me a chance to connect with these other areas of my musical passions.”


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Christopher Loudon

JazzTimes September 2013
Known as one of the best stride and swing pianists around, Judy Carmichael is near-equally renowned
for her lively, intelligent radio show, Jazz Inspired. (Full disclosure: Transcriptions of conversations from that show are available at JazzTimes.com.) Carmichael’s vocal skills remain a tertiary source of admiration, primarily because they are, at least in terms of her recordings, a relatively new addition. It wasn’t until 2008, in the wake of 10 instrumental albums, that she added vocals to half the tracks on Come and Get It. At the time, Carmichael admitted a desire to unleash her “inner Peggy Lee.” Now, with the arrival of not only her first all-vocals album but also the first on which she never touches a keyboard, that wish is fully realized.

Carmichael exhibits a truly remarkable ability to channel Lee’s breathy invitingness and her befogged insouciance. But this collection of 11 standards also echoes the intense perspicacity of the solo albums Annie Ross released prior to, during and immediately after her affiliation with Lambert and Hendricks. In other words, she winningly blends two of the all-time finest, most intuitive jazz singers.

Like Lee and Ross, Carmichael shows tremendous respect for her fellow musicians—tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, pianist Mike Renzi and bassist Jay Leonhart—allowing each ample space to leisurely stretch out.