"Deep within my spirit I receive direction for the sound that will reach the spirit of the listener"! - Carolyn Fitzhugh
Chicago, IL- July 7th, 2017 - Chicago native Carolyn Fitzhugh has released her debut CD Simply Amazing. One listen to any one of her exhilarating vocal performances and you're sure to be left spellbound as her many adoring fans have been left again and again!
Carolyn Fitzhugh grew up in a home that was filled with the aroma of a diverse assortment of music greats from Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald to Morgana King and Sarah Vaughn to Minnie Ripperton, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire and Lee Morgan!
With sheets of sound by those masters as the backdrop, Carolyn began taking classical piano lessons at age five and soon after she started making up melodies on the piano, as she adds “my early days of composition!"
But it was in her teens that as Carolyn continues "I fell in love with jazz piano and the captivating technique of the likes of Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea, and McCoy Tyner. They quickly became my favorites!"
In addition to those masters Carmen McRae, Shirley Horn, Joe Williams and Stevie Wonder are also a few of Carolyn's influences and are collectively reflective in her writing and singing!
Certainly these true innovators, along with her studies at Chicago's Bloom School of Jazz and David Bloom as her instructor in jazz vocal improvisation and jazz small combo improvisation for piano has helped Carolyn heighten her composing and arranging skills and prepared her for the task of writing, arranging and co-producing her debut CD!
As with Vincent Van Gogh's art on display at New York's Museum Of Modern Art, all of Carolyn Fitzhugh's skills are on full display with her new CD. From the opening song I Still, Carolyn's rich alto reminds listeners how important it is to be original. She soothes, sours, holds and stretches out every note to breaking satisfaction!
On track two, Simply Amazing the title track and also an original, her three-octave voice is on full alert and it's exhaustingly satisfying!
Up next is the great standard When Sunny Gets Blue and while it's not an original it becomes new again as Carolyn breathes fresh air and real improvisation into it. Her phrasing and timing are impeccable and her vibrato is stunning!
With Last Night, another Fitzhugh original, Carolyn's voice reaches another level of excellence: tender and romantic but explosive!
Equally as moving and vocally inventive are both No Fear of Flying and Always There, the last two of her originals where again Carolyn's vocal range and gymnastics are on vivid, colorful display.
On both Night In Tunisia and Maiden Voyage the tradition of vocal jazz is preserved and moved forward, simultaneously! Carolyn and co-producer Larry Brown, Jr. have done exceptionally well in producing her debut release! Additionally, the two have assembled an A-list roster of musicians, including guitarist Larry Brown, Jr., pianist Stu Mendeman, Tim Ipsen on bass, Alfonzo Jones on drums and alto saxophonist Brent Griffin, Jr. They each collectively and individually dramatize and express the exact sensibilities and emotions that created the fire music for this stellar recording that truly is amazing!
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Craig L. Neely