Scanning the Countryside: Country—and All That Jazz

February 16th, 2011

the9513.com – Barry Mazor

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...Countrypolitan Duets CD from the skilled, smart, clean Nashville jazz vocalist Anna Wilson and a few of her “friends,” who happen to include Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Billy Dean, as well as such veteran country hands as the previously-mentioned Mr. Price, steel guitar great Lloyd Green, Kenny Rogers, and the inimitable Connie Smith. These are smooth, fluid, unmistakably jazz-based takes, sometimes with a full, hot horn section, alternately stinging and moody guitar, pace-setting piano, and choral group back-up, on country standards from “You Don’t Know Me” and “Walkin’ After Midnight” to “Cherokee Maiden” and “For the Good Times.”

Anna Wilson & Connie SmithI promise you that Connie and Anna’s swinging turn on Ms. Smith’s 1972 hit “Just For What I Am” will grab you, take you to school on what the jazz touch can bring to a country tune and sentiment, and remind you all over again what an extraordinary on-point, vocalist Ms. Smith has always been, with immaculate diction and control that transcends genre. (For all of her predilection for traditional country, Connie’s also expressed her admiration for such singers as Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson.)



Country —And All That Jazz!

February 14th, 2011

Read Review - by Barry Mazor

There have always been some who see country music and jazz as opposite ends of the American music spectrum—one down home, emotionally straightforward and inclined towards the well-understood and safe; the other urban, sophisticated, even intellectual, and born to go off on unfettered, exploratory tangents. You could, of course, hear that opposition expressed by fans of either sort of music to describe why they’ll have nothing to do with the other. The often beautiful truth, though, is that these two largely domestic products have been bumping into each other and datingseriously, if not going steady, ever since both became more defined commercial styles in the 1920s.


Anna Wilson, Ray Price & Rascal Flatts Duet!

January 31st, 2011

You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me - (Anna Wilson with Ray Price & Rascal Flatts)

MusicNewsNashville.com – Chuck Dauphin - January 31, 2011

“From her very eclectic COUNTRYPOLITAN DUETS disc, this gorgeous gem shimmers thanks to background vocals from Rascal Flatts and sweet harmony between Jazz siren Wilson and the legendary Price.  Is he really 85?  Can't tell it on this cut!”


Jazz/Country Singer Anna Wilson Goes “Countrypolitan” at the Grand Ole Opry

December 27th, 2010

Wine & Jazz REVIEW - Jonathan Widran

Last year, I wrote in WAJ about Anna Wilson, a top country songwriter who has released several successful independent jazz albums—and she told me at the time that she was working on a unique country/jazz project. The incredible result, due in February is “Countrypolitan Duets,” a project featuring Anna doing country classics (from before the Carrie Underwood-Taylor Swift era, haha) with country and jazz superstars old and new: Kenny Rogers, Billy Dean, Keith Urban, Larry Carlton, Rick Braun, Ray Price & Rascal Flatts, Connie Smit, Lady Antebellum and, best known from the 2009 season of American Idol, Matt Giraud.


Anna Wilson Opry Debut

November 22nd, 2010

Martina and Train on “Crossroads”; Meador Speaks; Anna Wilson Opry Debut

Christie King • November 22, 2010


ALL ACCESS – Countrypolitan Duets

November 22nd, 2010

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Anna Wilson Adds Jazz to Country Standards

November 16th, 2010

the9513.com – November 16, 2010

http://www.the9513.com/sugarland-settles-lawsuit-with-founder-kristen-hall-country-shows-expand-anna-wilson-adds-jazz-to-country-standards/


Top Vocalist ANNA WILSON Marries Jazz & Country with Highly Anticipated CD “COUNTRYPOLITAN DUETS”

November 11th, 2010

CMR Nashville – November 11, 2010

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Monty Powell Wins Big at SESAC, Preps Jazzy Disc With Wife

November 9th, 2010

AOL’s The Boot – Gayle Richardson - November 9, 2010

http://www.theboot.com/2010/11/09/monty-powell-sesac-awards/


Country Mingles With Jazz

November 9th, 2010

The Country Vibe – November 9, 2010

http://www.thecountryvibe.com/Blog1/index.php/tag/kenny-rogers/