Joy Bellis | Coming Alive

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Coming Alive

by Joy Bellis

Discover NYC vocalist Joy's warm and smooth sound on this eclectic mix of jazz and Brazilian standards - this is sophisticated chill music...
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Is You Is or Is You Ain't (My Baby)
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2. Baby One More Time
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3. All the Way
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4. Never Will I Marry
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5. Bonita
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6. Look At That Face
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7. It's Over Now (Well, You Needn't)
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8. Time After Time
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9. Out of This World
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10. The Meaning of the Blues
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11. Sugar
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12. For Me
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13. To Say Goodbye (Pra Dizer Adeus)
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Listen. Experience. Joy…

One of New York music scene’s best kept secrets – vocalist Joy Bellis – is thrilled to announce her long overdue CD debut, Coming Alive, released on March 7, 2006 on the White Butterfly record label. Coming Alive is an eclectic mix of selections from the American songbook, Brazilian tradition and even contemporary pop. You wouldn’t think you could hear songs popularized by Frank Sinatra and Britney Spears juxtaposed on the same recording, but with Joy’s unique take on these tunes, the transition happens seamlessly. Drawing you in with her warm tones, intelligent phrasing, lyrical empathy and soulful style, she creates the perfect ambiance with each rendition on Coming Alive – this is sophisticated chill music.

An excellent group of musicians (David Epstein - piano, Robert Sabin - bass, Jeff Davis - drums and Doug Hinrichs - percussion) back Joy in delivering fresh arrangements of less-often-heard gems by celebrated songwriters such as Jimmy Van Heusen, Jule Styne, Harold Arlen, Leslie Bricusse and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Although Coming Alive marks Joy’s official debut recording, she’s no stranger to the stage: Joy Bellis is an experienced performer, having graced clubs all over town for the past 7 years. What fans might not know is that Joy originally hails from Wall Street, spending her initial New York years in investment banking. Lucky for us, she traded her late-night hours at the office, for later nights on stage, perfecting her style, and gaining fans and critical acclaim. And we’re even luckier, now that Joy has expanded into the world of recorded sound. So sit back, listen and experience Joy Coming Alive…


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Ted Haas

Joy Bellis, cool jazz, haunting love songs...
Joy Bellis, cool jazz, haunting love songs, her name "Joy" is expressive of the emotion she arouses in her audience. Joy Bellis - feast your eyes, as well as your ears, on the best singer to delight Paris since Edith Piaf.

Bruce Crowther

Joy is a fine singer and her debut CD is one that I will return to often in the
This highly talented young singer is new to me and a very welcome addition to the ever-growing fold. Joy Bellis has a light and slightly sinewy vocal sound, swings ably and interprets lyrics with warmth and understanding. Here, she is joined by a highly compatible trio, again new to me but, like Joy, all are familiar on the New York jazz scene. The pianist is David Epstein, on bass is Robert Sabin and on drums Jeff Davis with additional percussion by Doug Hinrichs. Interestingly, Joy does not hog the limelight and allows plenty of solo space to the pianist and also some to the bassist and drummer. These solos are very well taken and I shall welcome hearing any or all of these instrumentalists again. This said, the album is a vocal set and I like it a lot. The songs are well chosen and while most are familiar none is overused. You might have to look hard for this CD but any effort spent will be very well rewarded. Joy is a fine singer and her debut CD is one that I will return to often in the future. I should also mention that everyone here sounds as though they are enjoying themselves and are not above a gently tongue-in-cheek reading where one is appropriate. How rare that is these days, and how nice.

D. Oscar Groomes - O's Place Jazz Newsletter

Bellis sings these popular tunes like they were her own.
Joy's soft vocals parallel her soft curves and gentle starry eyes. But her music has more depth than an attractive appearance. Bellis sings these popular tunes like they were her own. We especially liked "Bonita", "It's Over Now" and "Out of This World". The trio behind her is David Epstein (p), Robert Sabin (b) and Jeff Davis (d) with percussion on five of the thirteen tracks from Doug Hinrichs. Together they sound great with a well-recorded, open sound that allows all of the tones to come through clearly.

John Stevenson

With Coming Alive, Joy Bellis serves notice that an accomplished singer has burs
With Coming Alive, Joy Bellis serves notice that an accomplished singer has burst out onto the global jazz stage – fully formed as if from the head of Zeus. Marrying definite vocal charm and crystal clear articulation, she handles the standards repertoire with easeful poise. With the no-nonsense support of David Epstein on piano, Robert Sabin (bass), Jeff Davis (drums) and Doug Hindrichs (percussion), Bellis brings fresh interpretations to Frank Loesser’s Never Will I Marry, Bobby Troup’s The Meaning of the Blues and Harold Arlen’s Out of This World, among others. With such a smashing standards outing, this reviewer patiently awaits Ms Bellis’s all-original recording!