Born: February 6, 1971 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Once again, spunky vocalist Natasha Miller teams up with 83-year-old songwriter Bobby Sharp (Unchain My Heart, Don't Set Me Free), and this time, she’s got an album of destined- to-be jazz standards that outdoes everything she's produced to date.
The new CD Don't Move features 11 songs written by Sharp, most of which have never been recorded before. That makes this album something of an historic event in its own right. What makes it a musical event of the first order is Sharp’s songwriting, Natasha’s gift for flawless phrasing, and stunning arrangements penned by a group of musicians whose roots go deep and whose talents run to the top of their class pianists Bill Bell (Duke Ellington, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson), Larry Dunlap (Cleo Lane, Mark Murphy), Ellen Hoffman (Oakland East Bay Symphony, Linda Ronstadt), and Josh Nelson (Peter Erskine, Ernie Watts). Some of the arrangements call for a 3-piece horn section and a string ensemble to augment Natasha’s jazz trio. “It’s only a 9-piece band, Miller says, “but the arrangements are so full and the band so tight, I sometimes think I’ve got The Stan Kenton Orchestra or Nelson Riddle and his strings behind me.”...
rich, supple voice...A first-class production all the way... --Andy Gilbert, Contra Costa Times
...beautifully arranged and performed set... --Jonathan Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News
I Had a Feelin'- The Bobby Sharp Songbook
1. I Had a Feelin’ 2. My Magic Tower 3. Unchain My Heart 4. Everlastin’ Blues 5. I Return to the Sea 6. Monica 7. Things are Breakin’ Like Rocks 8. Big Storyteller 9. A Real Swingin’ Affair 10. Madame Heartache 11. What Diff’rence Does It Make
Personnel: Natasha Miller/Vocals, Violin Michael Bluestein/Piano Jon Evans/Bass Tim Bulkley/Drums Rob Roth/Sax Liz Prior/Viola Emil Miland/Cello
Talk To Me Nice
1. Peel Me a Grape 2. Makin' Whoopee 3. Stompin' at the Savoy 4. Autumn Leaves 5. What a Wonderful World 6. Day by Day 7. Good Morning Heartache 8. My Sleep 9. Sugar 10. Fever 11. You're My Man
Personnel: Natasha Miller/Vocals Michael Bluestein/Piano Jon Evans/Bass Tim Bulkley/Drums Rob Roth/Sax
1. Come With Me 2. Hold On 3. Kiss My Cheek 4. Her Life 5. Over The Moon 6. Essence 7. Eleventh of September, 2001 8. Can't We Feel 9. The Line 10. Zena 11. Lipstick Mary 12. I Could Look at You 13. My Sleep
Personnel: Natasha Miller/Vocals, Violin Michael Bluestein/Piano Jon Evans/Bass Justin Miller/Bass Jeremy Miller/Electric Guitar Geoff Perlman/Electric Guitar, Lap Steel, Acoustic Guitar Tim Bulkley/Drums Dan Foltz/Drums Matt Brubeck/Cello
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