MYRA TAYLOR / My Night To Dream

CD

1. Spider And The Fly
2. Take It Easy Greasy
3. Straighten Up And Fly Right
4. Still Blue Water
5. Lady Be Good
6. Sunny Side Of The Street
7. This Is My Night To Dream
8. Hey There
9. Since I Fell For You
10. Just Give Me A Man
11. Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean)
12. I Don't Want to Set The World On Fire

Myra Taylor - Vocals
Allan Monroe - Piano
Eddie Saunders - Tenor Sax
Sonny Kenner - Guitar
Lester "Duck" Warner - Trombone & Trumpet
Gerald Spaits - Bass
Todd Strait - Drums

Réf.: CAPO2017
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She's BACK - and in a major way. Critics have hailed Myra Taylor, fresh on the scene from a nearly 50-year recording and performing hiatus, as not only Comeback Artist of the Year but also Female Blues Artist of the Year. The accolades came with the August 2002 issue of Living Blues and the annual Critics Awards. Myra bested stars Etta James, Shemekia Copeland, Francine Reed and Alberta Adams for top blueswoman. What's more, Myra's name didn't even make the ballot for Comeback Artist of the Year. Still, she scored enough write-in votes to tie with R&B giant Ike Turner for that honor. Since her 2001 release of My Night To Dream, Myra's effectively proven that the pipes ain't rusted in everything 86 years old. Even with such strong blues praise, Myra is best-recognized as a jazz singer. My Night To Dream includes jazz hits of Myra's for Mercury Records in the 1940s like "Spider And The Fly," "Take It Easy Greasy" and "Still Blue Water" as well as newer material. Since her latest release, Myra has performed regularly in her hometown of Kansas City and sporadically in several other major blues and jazz cities. Known to her legions of younger Kansas City fans as "Mama," Myra's performances are particularly classy and humorous. The same can be said for My Night To Dream. Myra is a true treasure.

At an age, 85, where she is virtually without musical peer, who could imagine a jazz singer sounding as vibrant, aggressive and progressive as she did in her hit-filled 20s? That's Myra Taylor. Prepare to be amazed.
With My Night To Dream, Taylor brings to the contemporary jazz scene a vivid glimpse of the past. This is the same Myra Taylor that scored chart-busters for Mercury Records in the 1940s. Some of those hits - most notably Spider And The Fly, Take It Easy Greasy and Still Blue Water - are redone here. And to some that are familiar with Myra's career, these takes sound better than the originals. Perhaps this shouldn't be so amazing, but to those who have heard this release so far, it has been.

Returning to the studio after a hiatus of over 50 years, Taylor has reclaimed her music. She also was inspired to write again. The result was Hey There, a coy invitation penned especially for the session. Taylor rounded out the record with a choice selection of jazz and blues standards, including her signature songs, This Is My Night To Dream and I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire.

Taylor's rich tone and resonant delivery are perfectly complimented by the crack band drawn from Kansas City's top players and jazz legends. My Night To Dream was recorded in Salina, Kansas at Blue Heaven Studios, the home of APO Records and just a few hours drive west of Taylor's Kansas City home. As has become the Blue Heaven norm, this recording reflects perfectly why this studio in a converted church has won national acclaim for its astounding acoustics. The natural ambiance only enhances the charisma that is so much a part of a Myra Taylor performance. With a new recording and legions of fans and friends, Taylor is not content to rest on her hard-won laurels. She is busily looking to the future and performing regularly, writing new songs and preparing for her next recording session.

Recently, Taylor bought a new set of luggage and renewed her passport. Smiling broadly, she said, "you'll never get to Paris unless you go to France."

"Beautifully sung and sympathetically played blues and jazz standards like these don't come around too often...Taylor simply couldn't wish for better support both here and with the technical expertise on offer at Chad Kassem's Blue Heaven Studios. This vibrant and lively church acoustic, together with her closely miked voice, has immediacy and plenty of fine detail that radiates throughout all twelve tracks."
Recording = 9/10 Music = 9.5/10
- Reuben Parry, Hi-Fi+, Issue 31, page 134

1. Spider And The Fly
2. Take It Easy Greasy
3. Straighten Up And Fly Right
4. Still Blue Water
5. Lady Be Good
6. Sunny Side Of The Street
7. This Is My Night To Dream
8. Hey There
9. Since I Fell For You
10. Just Give Me A Man
11. Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean)
12. I Don't Want to Set The World On Fire

Myra Taylor - Vocals
Allan Monroe - Piano
Eddie Saunders - Tenor Sax
Sonny Kenner - Guitar
Lester "Duck" Warner - Trombone & Trumpet
Gerald Spaits - Bass
Todd Strait - Drums

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