"Sadly, Julia Rich has not been singing around Nashville much any more. Her gig with the Glenn Miller Orchestra keeps her away most of the time, and it's a shame there aren't more places for musicians of her caliber (and Beegie [Adair]'s) to work their magic. Her voice has a bit of a little girl quality (she even does Ella Fitzgerald's 'A-Tisket, A-Tasket') with a gentle lower register and a silvery upper register that becomes crystal clear on the ballads, like Ellington's 'In A Sentimental Mood.'
"This album offers 8 classic standards and 7 originals like 'The Irises,' a gentle waltz with a definite folk flavor, and 'Raining in Rio' is a lovely pop bossa nova (poppa nova?) written with Benita Hill. 'Only Because It's You' has a clever lyric and a kind of Tuck & Patty feel, only she does it as a duet with the bass. Lennon/McCartney's 'Here, There, and Everywhere' is done as a romantic ballad duet with the piano. I've been in the music business for 40 years, and I don't think I ever heard the verse to 'But Beautiful.'
"The musicians on the album should be familiar to most of you: Bob Mater on drums; Jim Ferguson, bass; Gary Weaver or Tony Migliore on piano; George Tidwell on trumpet; with special guest Rickey Woodard on tenor sax. When 'A-Tisket, A-Tasket' gets rolling, it turns into a feature for trumpet and tenor. An old show tune 'You Hit The Spot' is fun, a quick little up tempo romp between Julia and Bob Mater on brushes. A lovely project, very nicely done."
Jazz and Blues News - Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society, Inc.
"Pure class! Julia's singing matches her great choice of relaxing and intimate material and her originals fit well with the other classics. Julia sings tunes that she loves and you will love too."
Dr. Paul Tanner
Trombonist with Original Glenn Miller Orchestra
"Julia's sophomore album features eight standards and seven originals. Her voice is delicate, well articulated and fully complimentary with the band. The program gets stronger with each song highlighted by 'The Second Time Around,' 'The Irises,' and 'But Beautiful.'"
D. Oscar Groomes
O's Place Jazz Newsletter