Susie Meissner

I Wish I Knew

Label: Lydian Jazz Records, LLC
Release Date: July 17th, 2020


Susie Meissner | vocals
John Shaddy | piano
Lee Smith | bass
Byron Landham | drums
Paul Meyers | guitar
Larry McKenna | saxophone
John Swana | trumpet
Ken Peplowski | clarinet

Early CD review by Joe Lang to be published in July-August issue of Jersey Jazz:

“New Jersey is home to a lot of fine vocalists, and one of the best of them is SUSIE MEISSNER.  Just dig her new album, I Wish I Knew (Lydian Jazz), and you will understand that statement.  She combines a her smooth and appealing voice with great taste in material, impeccable phrasing full of jazz influences, and perceptive choices in deciding which musicians to support her.  This collection has 12 songs, all terrific, but none overdone.  The opener, “The Great City,” is probably the least familiar on the program, but it sets a nicely swinging base for what is to come, “I Wish I Knew,” “It Could Happen to You,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face,” “Poinciana,” “Alfie,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “The Shadow of Your Smile ,” “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” “In a Mellow Tone,” “You Go to My Head,” and a fitting closer, “The Party’s Over.” Mckenna, Peplowski, Swana and Shaddy all have ample solo space, and each is superb.  McKenna is among the most under-recorded great players on the scene, and just hearing him on “Alfie” and “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” as well as his exchanges with Peplowski on “It Could Happen to You,” are reason enough to add this album to your library.  (”