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Opportunity Please Knock – Teraesa Vinson

Opportunity Please Knock - Teraesa Vinson Artist: Teraesa Vinson
Album: Opportunity Please Knock
Release Date: 2004
Duration: 51:08
Genre: Jazz
Recording Date: April 4, 2004 – May 24, 2004
Recording Location: Eastside Sound, New York, NY

On her debut recording, singer Teraesa Vinson takes a fresh look at time-tested standards while adding a twist or two for good measure.

Her smooth sound makes her singing seem effortless at times.

She’s laid-back but swinging throughout the opener, “What a Difference a Day Made,” propelled by her walking rhythm section. Pianist Carlton Holmes shines as Vinson’s driving Latin-tinged approach to “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.” Artie Shaw’s “Moon Ray,” a great song not nearly performed often enough, kicks off with Vinson’s spacious duet with bassist Nicki Parrott. The bittersweet ballad “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” forever associated with Bonnie Raitt’s widely known recording, is turned by Venison into a powerful jazz vehicle, with Ron Blake’s emotional tenor sax and Dion Parson’s solid drumming, while Tom Dempsey’s spacious guitar retains a bit of country flavor. “While We’re Young” has long been one of Alec Wilder’s most beloved compositions and Vinson soars in her joyful interpretation. She romps through Jerome Kern’s “The Song Is You” and revives the overlooked gem “Young and Foolish” with a tender performance. She makes the most of singer Sheila Jordan’s arrangement of “The Way You Look Tonight,” a superb duet with Dempsey. Oscar Brown, Jr.’s “Opportunity Please Knock,” a commentary on the civil rights struggle of the 1960s, opens with a gospel flavor, before switching gears into a soul-jazz strut. This is a delightful introduction to Teraesa Vinson, a promising jazz singer.

Title/Composer Performer Time
What a Difference a Day Made / Stanley Adams / María Mendez Grever Teraesa Vinson 6:02
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes / Buddy Bernier Teraesa Vinson 2:48
Moon Ray / Paul Madison Teraesa Vinson 4:37
I Can’t Make You Love Me / Mike Reid / Allen Shamblin Teraesa Vinson 7:06
While We’re Young / Morty Palitz / Alec Wilder Teraesa Vinson 5:16
I’ve Got the World on a String / Harold Arlen / Ted Koehler Teraesa Vinson 3:48
The Song Is You / Oscar Hammerstein II / Jerome Kern Teraesa Vinson 3:54
Young and Foolish / Albert Hague / Arnold B. Horwitt Teraesa Vinson 5:19
A Beautiful Friendship / Donald Kahn / Stanley Styne Teraesa Vinson 4:58
The Way You Look Tonight / Dorothy Fields / Jerome Kern Teraesa Vinson 3:11
Opportunity Please Knock / Oscar Brown, Jr. Teraesa Vinson 4:09
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