Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Except Sometimes

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Except Sometimes

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Molly Ringwald

Except Sometimes

Concord CRE-34068-02 [CD]

Molly Ringwald (vcl) acc by Winston Byrd (tp) Allen Mezquida (as) Charles Owens (ts) Peter Smith (p, arr, background vcl) Bruce Foreman (g) Trevor Ware (b) Clayton Cameron (d). Van Nuys CA, March 2010

Sooner Or Later/I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)/I Believe In You/I'll Take Romance/The Very Thought Of You/Exactiy Like You/Where Is Love?/Pick Yourself Up/Ballad Of The Sad Young Men/Don't You (Forget About Me). TT 43:21

Molly Ringwald, the actress who appeared as a teenager in such films as Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and Breakfast Club, has been singing jazz over the last few years and recently appeared ten nights at New York City's Café Carlyle. She was accompanied by her music director Peter Smith (p), Trevor Ware (b) and Tony Jefferson (d). Molly and her trio performed standards, drawing on the selections contained in this album. Molly is no stranger to jazz; her father, Bob Ringwald, is a traditional jazz pianist who works with his trio and Dixieland bands.

Now 46, Ringwald is featured at selected clubs across the country, getting a favorable reception to her clear pretty voice with its jazz inflections. This is not Molly's first jazz recordings; she was featured on two cuts of an album by her music director Smith in his 2009 title Here It Comes (Personality Music): I'll Take Romance and I Just Want To Be With You.

Ringwald is accompanied on this release by accomplished sidemen. In addition to Smith, pianist, composer and arranger, there is trumpeter Winston Byrd who worked with Ellington, Basie, Bellson and Jacquet over the years and has his own band, Charles Owens who has a rooted earthy quality in his tenor playing and alto saxophonist Allen Mezquida who softened his hard bop sound to better blend with Ringwald. …

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