Lori A. Williams is a lot more than just a singer, songwriter, and performer. If you were to judge her on these things alone, you would have to conclude you where dealing with one of the finest artists of our era, an eventual legend and, I have no doubt, time will prove me right. I think music aficionados who listen to this project will agree that these tracks step her toward this destiny. Let me add a little fuel to this fire. Lori's lead vocal recording is all original - no vocal overdubs, no re-tracking, and almost no vocal fixes (come
on... no one is perfect). When we recorded the material, I had her record "scratch vocals" with the intent of throwing them out and recording the REAL lead vocals later (as is customary). Well, that's NOT what happened... you are listening to the unaltered scratch vocal. Now I don't mean to insult anyone's intelligence; but everything we listen to these days has been altered, fixed, produced, tracked, squeezed, tuned and composited TO DEATH!! NOT this recording. This is the real deal; and that makes this recording astounding because even if all the usual stuff was done, it would be a great CD. The honesty of this recording moves it into the amazing column. Not only is the lead vocal honest, but so is the rest
of the recording. In fact, it's only a hair away from being totally live. Many songs are the first take.
Now remember, I said that Lori is more than a singer, songwriter, and performer, because as we approached the end of the project, I started to realize her tremendous gift as a producer. Lori's lack of ego, and a willingness to recognize other peoples' abilities, and trust in both herself and those she works with, is a gift rarely seen. Not only does she have a voice and performance talent similar to a Judy Garland, but if she keeps producing recordings, she might also be compared to Quincy Jones. I could go on and on particularly concerning Lori's production capabilities, but lets just say that she is completely unaware of her ability... Like a duck to water, effortless and commanding. These traits show up in the product.
After saying all this, I think the music says it better than I can; but the listeners need to know the circumstances behind this recording. It makes it all the more awesome.
Brad Baerwald, Studio 51
“Lori Anne Williams has the sought-after combination of soul and technical prowess that reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald –a
treat to any jazz fan’s ears.” - Nathaniel Rolnick, Muzikreviews.com
“Singer Lori Anne Wiliams, a dynamic presence throughout, offering exquisite wordless vocals . . .”
- Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
“Lori Anne Williams adds the final stamp, showing her control and finesse with her weaving scat between the melodic lines.”-
Jerry D’Souza, All About Jazz
“ . . . the talented and vocally acrobatic Lori Anne Williams. Her vocal scatting soars . . . Her tone and control are superb, and
her inventiveness is inspired.”- Ralph A. Mirello, Jazz.com
“Her voice is the kind of jazz singing I enjoy listening to, and the silkiness makes me want to hear that all day and night.”
- John Book, The Run Off Groove
"The evening's standout, vocalist Lori Williams, crooned most of the jazz standards with a smoke-and-honey voice."
- Lisa Traiger - The Washington Post
“Singer Lori Anne Williams is back with her warm and rich voice, and she’s as earthy as red clay, be it with lyrics, or
without.” - George Harris, JazzWeekly.com
“ . . . vocalist Lori Anne Williams, whose vocals shine . . . rolls into a scat that's among the best I've ever heard... will bring a
tear of joy (or more) to your eye, for sure.” - Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation
“Lori Anne Williams, as always, her joy in singing is unshakable.” - Michael J. West, Washington City Paper
“Saltman Knowles provides generous helpings of live instrumentation which complement the smooth, heartfelt vocals of Lori Williams.” - Shelton Ivany, National News Bureau