In the 1980's, I wrote this about Nancy Gee:
'Think of how velvet feels. Taste the mellow warmth of fine brandy. Imagine the smoothness of honey. Listen to Nancy Gee,'
Vocalist Nancy Gee has reigned over Mary Elaine's at The Phoenician Resort for the past 14 years, one of the longest-running gigs in Phoenix jazz history. In addition to a strong local following, Nancy has gained fans from across the nation and around the world. She has chosen many of their favorite songs for her third albumDedications (preceded by "Velvet" in 1990 and "Nancy in the Key of Gee" in 1996) and recorded with a cast of top musicians.
As always, Nancy's artful warmth caresses ballads such as "You've Changed," "The Nearness of You," "Why Should I Care?" and "Bein' Green." She imparts a timeless sophistication on classics like "God Bless the Child," "As Time Goes By" and "How Insensitive."
But Nancy also shows how her velvety purr can swell to an upbeat roar to energize "My Blue Heaven," "But Not For Me" and "Teach Me Tonight." She sizzles on a dual-tempo version of "I'll Remember April," and delivers a luminous reading of "New York State of Mind."
And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, the album closes with an incredible duet by Nancy and Margo Reed, her early mentor and colleague on the Phoenix jazz scene. Their soul-deep, heart-felt rendition of "Count on Me" epitomizes their longtime friendship and reciprocal love.
With this album, Nancy Gee once again demonstrates the eloquence and rich depth she contributes to the world of jazz.
Patricia Myers - Jazz Journalist
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