R&B singer Lorraine Ellison had exactly three entries in the R&B charts, but she was far more prolific than that would indicate. In addition to two 1965 Mercury singles, she recorded 48 sides and three albums for Warner Bros. Records between 1966 and 1973. With an incredible vocal power, range, and intensity that was perhaps too heavy for the record-buying masses, Ellison never made it big, except of course in the hearts of committed soul fans-and the occasional rock and pop buyer.
Vintage jazz in the tradition of the great girl groups of the 1930s and 1940s. Sister Swing does the classics of the Andrews Sisters in their own, upbeat modern style. Sister Swing is a fresh, exciting trio of singers which has captured the Big Band Swing era and brought it to the 21st century. Heavily influenced by groups like the Andrews Sisters, the Boswell Sisters, and Manhattan Transfer, Sister Swing brings a new sound to an old style. The three ladies, Leigh Hannah, Valerie Marston and Paula Chafey-Merrill, genuinely have a good time on stage and that transcends to their audience. An evening with Sister Swing will take you back in time to an era of glamour, romance and innocence.
Robin Holcomb's third album is all gray sunlight and hardwood floors. It's like spending an hour in the dusty heat of an old-fashioned radiator, beneath thin windows pressed by brisk cold and rusting leaves, listening to a gifted musician as she explores the chordal possibilities of an upright piano. One can hear Holcomb relishing the warmth and resonance of the fresh, dissonant chords she creates.