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"Her attractive voice and her sensitive interpretation of the lyrics are both in full display... The final eight bars where [Ken Peplowski] interacts with the singer is exquisite..."

-- Scott Yanow, Jazz Inside Magazine

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"Ms. Meissner is definitely in the top tier of today's female jazz singers."

-- Ron Forman, WKRB-FM, NYC

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"Might as well confess! Susie Meissner can really sing! Each listener will have more than one favorite... here they are vocal and instrumental triumphs."

-- Bob Gish, Jazz Inside NY

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Roberta on the Arts

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower

This CD is a wonderful selection of ballads by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and more, sung by the very versatile vocalist, Susie Meissner. Along with Ms. Meissner are a fantastic ensemble of quality musicians, such as Wycliffe Gordon on trombone and Freddie Hendrix on trumpet and flugelhorn. Each musician gets a generous solo or three or four, by time the 14 tracks wind down. In fact, on some tracks, the vocals appear as accompaniment, with the expansive solos featured throughout. This is a CD worth experiencing frequently.

Notable tracks:

#2 - I'm Confessin' - Composed by Neiburg/Daugherty/Reynolds. This track is a lovely duet between Susie Meissner and Wycliffe Gordon. Ms. Meissner's vocals flow with smooth eloquence, as she creates a soulful, musical message. Mr. Gordon plays the theme with few ornamentations, expanding the mellowness of the moment. John Shaddy, on piano, accompanies with keyboard harmonies and pulse. The absence of drums accentuates the tonal lyrics.

#6 - Tangerine - Composed by Schertzinger/Mercer. On this track Tim Horner on drums and Greg Riley on saxophone bring some electricity, although the tenor of the album is all about dusk and candles, and maybe a warm cognac. The music is leisurely, never rushed, very sincere. This ballad was sung with rich clarity.

#9 - Skylark - Composed by Carmichael/Mercer. Paul Meyers, on guitar, is the musical partner on this duo, with a Skylark you won't forget. With a mixture of whispering and operatic lyrics, Ms. Meissner shows off her abundant skills, reaching the highest notes briskly. The guitar accompaniment is pleasantly ethereal.

#13 - Day by Day - Composed by Cahn/Weston/Stordahl. This track includes an intriguing introduction by bassist, Dean Johnson (other tracks, not mentioned above for space reasons, had extended bass solos). Also featured are Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, Mr. Riley on saxophone, Mr. Meyers on guitar, and Mr. Shaddy on piano. Ms. Meissner's rhythmic vocals exude rapture, but she gives much of the ballad to the instrumentalists.

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