Chris McNulty - Eternal

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Chris McNulty’s seventh release, Eternal (Palmetto Records), finds her in collaboration with gifted orchestrator, Stephen Newcomb and pianist-arranger, John Di Martino. The result is an exquisite melding of chamber ensemble and jazz quintet.

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CD Release event @ 54 BELOW – JUNE 16th

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— 4 1/2 stars Allen Morrison, Downbeat, June 2015 On this CD, McNulty bares her soul, and one doesn’t dare look away." FULL REVIEW: http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2015/DB1506/76-77.html Read More...

What the critics have to say about Chris McNulty’s “Eternal”

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“Such a beautifully crafted and heartfelt perform […] Read More...

Album Review: Penny King Quintet’s “Journey”

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Penny King is a fine musician. She brings some masterfully crafted arrangements and treatments to a number of well-known standards, writes some gorgeous vocalese into several pieces and introduces us to some striking composing. Her pitch is excellent, accompanied by a crystal clear and authentic tone. Her soloing is always inventive and she nails the shifts in dynamic intensity superbly and in all the right places. Using full voice to head smoothly without any marked shift in tone. The highlights for me are her originals ‘Journey,’ and ‘Rest Your Head’ and Wayne Shorter’s ‘Footprints’. Read More...

Basic Training: The Pentatonic Scale

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Jazz instrumentalists have been incorporating pentatonic scale use into their melodic motifs and soloing explorations and compositions since the very early days of jazz, drawing from the blues. John Coltrane used the scale extensively. As vocalists we’ve also been hearing and using these scales – perhaps not in the same manner as jazz instrumentalists. Nevertheless, we’ve been hearing and singing them for a long time. Read More...

Acclaimed vocalist Chris McNulty celebrates the life of her son on breathtaking new Palmetto Records release

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Vocalist Chris McNulty claims that she never sings a song unless she can connect with it personally and make it truly her own. The selection of repertoire for her seventh CD, Eternal, carried an even more deeply personal requirement, however: celebrating the life of McNulty’s cherished son Sam, who passed away in 2011. The gorgeously heartfelt and emotionally moving album, to be released March 24th, 2015 on Palmetto Records, is a sublime love letter expressing the ineradicable bond between mother and child, with an exquisite blend of jazz quintet and chamber ensemble. Read More...

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