Countrypolitan Duets receives 4 Star rating

September 22nd, 2011

Country Music People reviews Anna's new CD, Countrypolitan Duets and gives it a four-star rating!
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Anna Wilson and Diane Schuur: A Little Bit Country Vocalists Anna Wilson and Diane Schuur take jazz to the honky tonk

July 17th, 2011

July-August 2011 Issue

07/05/11
Christopher Loudon

Plenty of fans along both sides of the jazz-country divide would insist that the two genres are as far apart as fatback and foie gras. But vocalists Anna Wilson and Diane Schuur are hoping to alter that perception with likeminded though distinct new albums. Wilson’s Countrypolitan Duets (Music World), populated with a string of special guests that extends from legends Ray Price, Connie Smith and Kenny Rogers to contemporary stars Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum, blends the lush Nashville Sound of the 1960s with swing across 10 country classics and one original tune. Schuur’s more subdued The Gathering (Vanguard) features covers of 10 vintage hurtin’ songs, and includes appearances by Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Mark Knopfler and Kirk Whalum.

Though the Nashville-based Wilson has never recorded country songs before, she has written hits for the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus and Reba McEntire. “I’m a bit of a fish out of water,” she laughs. “I love singing jazz but writing country songs.” On previous jazz albums, Wilson focused almost exclusively on original songs. “People started saying they’d like to hear me do something familiar,” she says. “I wanted to do it in a unique and compelling way. I thought that if we took great country songs built around simple chord structures and augmented them with all the sophistication of jazz, we could still maintain the core of the songs but present them in innovative ways. I wanted to demonstrate that country and jazz are not that far apart.”

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Anna Wilson Marries Country and Pop on ‘Countrypolitan Duets’

June 25th, 2011

Countrypolitan Duets CD art

Anna Wilson Voice of America Interview

Wilson taps into Nashville’s so-called “Countrypolitan” era with the help of past and present country stars and two contemporary jazz giants.  She gives a big band treatment to “Walkin’ After Midnight,” featuring the Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum.

Wilson explains that Countrypolitan is rooted in “The Nashville Sound,” a style introduced in the late 1950s by artists like Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline and Eddie Arnold.

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Anna Wilson’s Nashville gamble hits the trifecta

April 10th, 2011

ToledoBlade.com

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES
4/7/11
Published in ToledoBlade.com

COUNTRYPOLITAN DUETS Anna Wilson & Friends (Music World Music/Transfer Records)

Released Tuesday, this disc is a fascinating experiment: Can a Nashville-based jazz singer such as Anna Wilson successfully create an unlikely marriage between country, jazz, and pop?

The answer is a resounding yes, a testament to Wilson's immense capabilities as a diva and music visionary/interpreter.

There's a lot of good ol', down-home swing, but it's mostly a collection of lush duets and ballad-like covers in which Wilson is paired with some equally fine singers and groups, from American Idol finalist Matt Giraud to Ray Price, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Ray Price, Rascal Flatts, Rick Braun, and Kenny Rogers.

You can hear the sultry jazz, the impassioned country -- but, by whatever name, the common denominator is romance and lots of it. Songs covered include hits from Patsy Cline, Price, and others.

-- TOM HENRY


Jazz Gal Anna Wilson Shakes Up Country Standards With Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, More

April 5th, 2011

YAHOO MUSIC BLOG
Posted Tue Apr 5, 2011
by Wendy Geller in Our Country

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...Here's something a bit different, however. The artist I'm profiling today is rooted pretty firmly in the world of jazz--indeed, she is being called the "new Norah Jones" by some, and she topped the iTunes jazz chart last December with a collaboration featuring 2009 American Idol finalist Matt Giraud.


GAC Album Review:Countrypolitan Duets

April 5th, 2011

Anna Wilson & Friends
Countrypolitan Duets

Review By Daryl Addison
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Drawing inspiration from “That Nashville Sound” of the late 1950s and 60s when country music began incorporating the sounds of mainstream pop, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Anna Wilson’s latest project blends classic country and jazz through duets with stars from both genres.


Anna Wilson wrangles top country stars for jazzy new CD “Countrypolitan Duets”

April 4th, 2011

MICHAEL McCALL
For The Associated Press
Updated: April 04, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Anna Wilson & Friends, "Countrypolitan Duets" (Transfer)

No matter how far contemporary country music wanders from its traditional roots, its leading stars almost always cherish a chance to sing an old-time country standard. Anna Wilson, a popular jazz-influenced vocalist based in Nashville, offers a new twist on that classic theme: She and several Nashville stars, and a few legendary figures, team up for jazzed-up takes on well-known tunes.

Wilson's "Countrypolitan Duets" highlights tasteful, lounge-style arrangements, lush with strings, tinkling piano keys, brushed drums, and the occasional brassy, Ray Charles-style finger-snapper. The members of Lady Antebellum provide harmonies on a swinging "Walkin' After Midnight"; a B3-organ and fat-note guitar set a smoky atmosphere for Keith Urban's duet on "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues"; and Kenny Rogers trades verses on a playful version of "For The Good Times," which slides from a piano-and-guitar ballad to a strings-and-brass show stopper.

Wilson has a full-toned, honeyed voice reminiscent of a 1950s pop-jazz singer like Rosemary Clooney, and she toys with tempo and phrasing like the superb pros of yesteryear. Nothing here is as challenging as Cassandra Wilson's artful deconstructions of classic American songs; but for those who miss Bing, Frank and Ella and the debonair way they could swing a well-written composition, Wilson has gift-wrapped a Southern-styled present for you.

CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: Of all of country music's Hall of Fame-level legends, Ray Price has always owned the greatest jazz chops, in his range, his well-tempered tone and his masterful phrasing. His duet with Wilson on his hit, "You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me," is the album's standout track, uplifted by harmonies from the members of Rascal Flatts; the band members sound like they would fit on a Mel Torme album.


Slant Magazine highlights Countrypolitan Duets

April 3rd, 2011

Anna Wilson & Friends: Countrypolitan Duets

Anna Wilson & Friends
Countrypolitan Duets

by Jonathan Keefe on April 3, 2011
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Countrypolitan Duets finds pop-country songwriter and occasional jazz singer Anna Wilson joined by an all-star roster of current country A-listers and genre legends, along with some big-name jazz performers, covering some classic country songs in the context of lush, gently swinging arrangements. Wilson is a fine vocalist, with a smooth, perfectly controlled soprano that lends itself well to performing pop standards. While many of the best country singers are those with distinctive, soulful senses of phrasing, Wilson's voice is crisp and pretty, and it's well-suited to the big-band and smooth-jazz arrangements she's crafted here.

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Utah Songwriter finds a kinship between Country and Jazz

April 2nd, 2011

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By David Burger
The Salt Lake Tribune

...With Powell co-producing, Wilson has spent the past six months or so finishing up work — and skiing on breaks, of course — readying one of the year’s best albums. “Countrypolitan Duets” blends traditional country with jazz, featuring Wilson singing with modern country heavyweights such as Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts. Other duet partners include legendary country crooners Ray Price, Kenny Rogers and Connie Smith.

“It’s been a labor of love,” Wilson said. “It shines a light on how country music and jazz have a kinship.”


Anna Wilson Blends Country, Jazz On New Duets Album

April 1st, 2011

Anna Wilson featured at One Country Music

Singer Recruits Country A-Listers Including Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, And Rascal Flatts

Posted by Phyllis Stark
Friday, April 01, 2011
One Country Music

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