“The very thought of a singer of McCann’s vocal prowess sharing a stage with a pianist as sensitive and technically accomplished as Hobgood is enough to quicken the pulse of just about any jazz listener.”
Coming soon….. Tammy McCann “Love Stories…”
Never Let Me Go is the follow up to Tammy McCann’s Katalyst debut Classic. Produced by the legendary Henry Johnson, who has worked with Nancy Wilson and Joe Williams, among others, this is Tammy McCann’s latest vocal masterpiece that explores new approaches to standards while remaining traditionally creative with new material and songs that were not really considered ‘jazz’ until now.Tammy takes the listener on a sentimental journey on the title track “Never Let Me Go” and then effortlessly changes gears with the rousing anthem of emotional empowerment “Blue Woman”. With a selection of powerhouse musicians in Chicago (Ari Brown, Harrison Bankhead, Ernie Adams, Mike Logan, and Henry Johnson himself), this recording is surely a unique event and should serve as an example of what can happen when such an array of musical proficiency can come together to create something special.
When asked to describe Tammy McCann’s voice,Chicago saxophonist Von Freeman declared, “Everyone who hears her loves her. She’s a natural talent”. A bold proclamation from a renowned musician, but McCann fulfills, even surpasses, claims of her vocal prowess. Following her performance at a recent Mahalia Jackson tribute, McCann obliged new found admirers with autographs and copies of her latest CD, aptly entitled “Classic”. Packed with moving renditions of jazz masterpieces, “Classic” effectively reaffirms the admirable sentiment of Von Freeman and others. According to Chicago pianist Ramsey Lewis, listeners are not left aching for traditional versions of the selections on “Classic.” Instead, Mr. Lewis depicts McCann as a “performer who knows how to get the most out of” a chart, by breathing “new life into [the] evergreens” of the vocal jazz tradition. The album commences with a Latin tinged version of the Rogers and Hammerstein favorite “Happy Talk”, allowing Tammy to demonstrate clarity and precision at a challenging tempo. While the tempo may relax on subsequent ballads like Nina Simone’s “Black is the Color” or Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life”, the emotional intensity remains.