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Mercedes Hall

Throughout her productive and wide-ranging career, Mercedes Hall has consistently delighted audiences with her voice, her fearlessness at taking risks, and her diverse repertoire. She infuses her music with the spirit of jazz, improvising, scatting and making each song her own, being a true stylist. “I feel that I have my own individual style because I listen to everyone in all genres,” says Mercedes. “I've sung jazz, blues, R&B and Brazilian music. I take chances in my singing and use my voice as an instrument. Singing is joyful to me and I don't restrict myself.”

Mercedes spirit and joy is evident throughout her second release as a leader, so aptly titled, Pure Emotion. She uses a core group that features pianist Glafkos Kontemeniotis, who takes the lead in showcasing the trio as an integral part of the project. Among her guests are the jazz luminary Jerry Dodgion on flute and alto saxophone, percussionist Bashiri Johnson and the extraordinary pianist-arranger Arturo O'Farrill. Mercedes Hall is heard in memorable form on 14 well-chosen songs. The program includes “Ghost Of A Chance” which alternates between three tempos, an unusual samba version of “What Is This Thing Called Love,” a beautiful arrangement of “The Masquerade Is Over,” the relatively obscure “Satan Never Sleeps,” an adventurous interpretation of Thelonious Monk's “Well You Needn't” and a unique interpretation of “You've Changed.”

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