The versatile and highly appealing Ellen Johnson made her debut with "Too Good To Title", a memorable set that mixes together standards and originals in a fresh creative way.l
Praised by critics as "the most promising jazz singer of the 1990's" and called "an ambitious young singer with impressive sass and class" by JazzTimes magazine, Ellen has successfully created a CD well worth noting.
The CD features the great alto saxophonist, Charles McPherson on the Mingus composition "Peggy's Blue Skylight" with lyrics by Ms Johnson. This accoustic jazz collaboration of piano, bass, drums, percussion and occassional synthesizer treatment is the perfect complement to Ellen's stunning and expressive 3 1/2 octave range.
The CD is an inspiring trip off the beaten path of typical jazz vocalist selections with an inventive style using the voice as an instrument.
"Too Good To Title's" vocals range from deep down depressing soul searching tenderness to upbeat craziness.
As Step Jazz magazine suggests, "Find it, buy it, and play it. A lot!".
Well, you just found it...