Barbara Paris Music Reviews
“A melodic, swinging voice with a rhythmic sense that lends itself to jazz. Paris is obviously a very eclectic singer.”
“A fun set of spirited, straight-ahead music”
Scott Yanow~All Music Guide
“A swinging singer with unaffected phrasing and an upbeat attitude….”
“I love Barbara’s originality.”
Haybert Houston~Jazz Now Magazine
“Paris has a lot going for her, Swing ballads blues & bossa nova paints an attractive picture of the Colorado-based jazz vocalist.”
Alex Henderson~All Music Guide
Gary Giddens~Village Voice
“Je fiene de Denver, dans le Colorado, uner ville de jazz dans les annees clinquante et soixante ou` se producisaliant beaucoup de grande musicians. Mon Pere etait un fan de Nat King Cole, maes freres sont des chanteure de vlues, et je n`ai`pas vraimant choisi de jazz; c’est plutot le jazz qui m`a chosie.”
Michel Biden~-Jazz Hot
Colorado-based Barbara Paris delivers silky smooth lyrics with a sassy lilt. Her energy is evident on tunes like “He May Be Your Man” and “All Of Me”. Pianist Joe Bonner and reeds man Richie Chiaraluce perform sparkling solos throughout.
Colorado-based Barbara Paris is another singer with a strong, high voice but more natural rhythmic sense that lends itself to jazz. She works with three different settings here. Backed by Joe Bonner’s elaborate piano she shows a little girl wistfulness on ballads and gets as winsome as Lee Wiley on the nostalgic blues mood of “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans”. With Mitchell Long she sounds more forceful and cool, a perfect sound for the two Jobim bossa nova’s they do. Finally, in a small group led by pianist Ellyn Rucker, she comes on rhythmically harder and really swinging supported by Rucker’s boppish piano and Richie Chiaraluce’s quietly burning sax. Paris is obviously a very eclectic singer.
On Barbara Paris’ previous CD Where Butterflies Play (9/93),p.36) she worked with three different set of musicians. This time she settles down with on combo led by two veterans of the earlier session, Joe Bonner and Richie Chiaraluce. Paris has a melodic, swinging voice that still shows its youth, just right for the starry eyed moods she tries to convey on most of the CD. The blues sass of “He May Be Your Man” and the comical jadedness of “Everything Happens To Me” is still a little beyond her but her sunny sound is great on “April In Paris”, “Exactly Like You” and “September In The Rain”, Bonner’s muscular but elaborate piano and Chiaraluce’s cool tenor and flute giving her ample support. All five participants seem to listen and play off of each other, making this sound like a really intimate small group session, not just a singer with anonymous backing, Paris is constantly improving as a singer.
“Where Butterflies Play” demonstrates Barbara Paris’ tasteful talent as a jazz vocalist. Joining Ms Paris on this fastidious new release are some of Denver’s finest players. World re-known pianist, Joseph Bonner, compliments Ms Paris’ savory vocals on four tracks. The Bonner original composition “Your Kiss” is especially nice. Also appearing on the CD are pianist Ellyn Rucker, tenor sax man Richie Chiaraluce, and Dean Ross on bass. On three tracks, Mitchell Long provides a delicate touch on guitar. All together, a marvelous back up group for Paris’ flowing vocals. “Where Butterflies Play” is mellow and easy listening jazz that fans will find most interesting.
Colorado Music World
This local singer has a rare gift-a style all her own. In songs such as “He May Be Your Man” and “Exactly Like You” she moves her light voice around a melody effortlessly, giving the words new meaning. When she settles her vibrato around a note, it warms you through and through. Bassist Kenny Walker and drummer Mike Whited keep things swinging and Rich Chiaraluce’s tenor alto sax solos are gems.
Jeff Bradley~The Denver Post
Colorado native Paris’ debut homegrown CD is inventive with fine sidemen.
Several duos with pianist Joe Bonner, then guitarist Mitchell Long spin out the late Harold Vick title waltz, Bonner’s easy 5/4 “You Kiss”, choice sambas by Jobim and Bonfa, and neglected standards “Then I’ll Be Tired Of You”.
This is the second Barbara Paris CD, backed this time by an outstanding saxophonist, Richie Chiaraluce, and the excellent pianist Joe Bonner.
Barbara sings some new songs, the most beautiful which is “April in Paris”, her favorite song. Her voice, a little bit acid and detached, is sensual sometimes and follows with an unusual facility of the most sophisticated melodies. Translated into English
english translation Michel Bedin~Jazz Hot
Voice le second disque de Barbara Paris, ici accompagnee par un remarquable saxophonist, Richie Chiaraluce, et par l’excellent pianist Joe Bonner. Barbara Paris nous donne ici, avec de nouveaux morceauz, une version d’ “April in Paris”, une ballade fetiche pour elle. Toujours cetter voix u peu acide et detachee, qui sait se farire sensuelle et qui se plie avec une facilite’ rare aux melodies les plus sophistiques.
Michel Bedin~Jazz Hot