What the critcs are saying
|"The hottest of Dan Hicks' Hot
Licks steps out ... Price continues to sing with coquettish hipness, exquisite
wit and tireless enthusiasm on this utterly swinging and enjoyable set."
"... witty, seductive, impeccable ... Don't let the little label and the Austin byline fool you; this disc is a prime contender for jazz vocal record of the year."
"... consistently convincing in her celebration of the style. Price shows a seemingly effortless mastery of the musical idiom at hand - Texas swing or otherwise and moving uptown."
"It's a virtual encyclopedia of swing styles hanging together by the thread of Price's silky voice. She sounds so comfortable, so hair-slightly-mussed and eyes-slightly sleepy, that listening to her tape in my car made me a traffic hazard."
"The boisterous pyrotechnics, technical dazzle and slow introverted melancholy demonstrate why so many of her jazz and western swing peers regard this musician's musician as Austin's premier female vocalist."
"The subtlety and nuance of her vocal command reflects an artistry that is just hitting the right notes ... bittersweet, energetic, impeccable ... deserves an extended residency in a room that is sophisticated enough to recognize her artistry."
" ... a celebration of the versatile artist's lifelong love affair with jazz ... bell-clear voice, now saucy, now wistful, weaving in, weaving out and around the flawless instrumentals"
"For this recording Maryann plays a one-of-a-kind instrument - the voice of Maryann Price ... In music a moment can swing. This recording is knee deep in those moments."
Music & Media Conferece
With the sublime notes of San Antonio's septuagenarian Sebastian Campesi still hanging in the air, the comfortable, laid-back Grill was an attraction itself, offering a respite from the hard-core business hustle of other venues. Price and an all-star ensemble featuring the likes of pianist Rich Harney and saxist Kaz Kazanoff made the most of the situation.
Price opened with a gently swinging take on "I'm an Old Cowhand", generating an audience sing-along with the first chorus. She also delivered a near-perfect version of "I Love the Life I Live", a classic by kindred spirit Mose Allison, a musician whose whose creations are permeated with clever wordplay and endlessly cool attitude seemingly custom-designed for Price's enlightened vocal virtuosity. Price also threw in a couple of straight-ahead jazz standards, wrapping her voice warmly around songs such as "Embraceable You" with an evocative aural embrace.
Price, dedicated trouper that she is, performed despite having pneumonia. So masterful was her hold on the crowd, it's doubtful any in the audience were aware of her ailment. But while her set may have been shortened by illness, only the quantity of music delivered was affected, as the quality of Price's superlative singing and the band's uniformly excellent accompaniment came through with stunning success.