Revealing Musical Riches: Bay Area Jazz Singers"Melissa Morgan’s new album, "Days Like This," is more of a reintroduction than a bold new step. She made a strong impression back in 2009 with her debut album “Until I Met You” (Telarc), a critically hailed session featuring a stellar cast of young musicians led by pianist Gerald Clayton... It’s a blues-oriented session, which means Morgan is in her element. She delivers the title track, a Mose Allison classic, with such a tart world-weariness that she seems like his long-lost daughter. She sounds crisp and authoritative tearing through Wes Montgomery’s standard "West Coast Blues," but her aching version of “You Don’t Know Me” and captivatingly sultry take on "Wild Is the Wind" make me long for a whole program of Morgan singing ballads and torch songs."
JAZZTIMES: Melissa Morgan - Until I Met You“For her debut release, Melissa Morgan wanted a gritty, retro vibe evocative of classic jazz vocal albums of the 1950s and ’60s. She also wanted to pay tribute to such heroines of that era as Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan. On both counts she succeeds admirably,”
Melissa Morgan: Jazzing Up a New Generation"She is the one we have been waiting for" says Dr. Herb Wong, Asian American jazz pioneer, disc jockey, historian, critic, and "cool cat" icon. Those are high expectations that could intimidate the average artist but not Melissa Morgan who has a mesmerizing stage presence at 5'9" and a voice that evokes tears and goose bumps because she is "The One" making jazz hip again for a new generation."
Melissa Morgan - Until I Met You (2009)
Melissa Morgan's "until i met you" All About Jazz (excerpts) Many young jazz vocalists reach into the book of standards for their first recording. Melissa Morgan follows the tradition, but in a way that works to her advantage. Personnel:
Melissa Morgan: vocals;
Gerald Clayton: piano;
Randy Napoleon: guitar (1-4, 9);
Joe Sanders: bass;
Kevin Kannar: drums;
Christian Scott: trumpet (1, 3, 6, 8);
Tim Green: alto saxophone (3, 5, 8);
Ben Wendel: tenor saxophone (3, 6, 8);
Francisco Torres: trombone (3, 8) "The tendency of new recording artists to cover standards can work against them as they're not giving the audience anything they haven't heard. However, Morgan succeeds with the combination of her vocal style and free-spirited arrangements. Until I Met You, named for the Donald Wolf and Freddie Green classic, is an excellent introduction to Morgan."
VIDEOS:Melissa Morgan - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
All of Me - Melissa Morgan