In The Middle Of It All

SSC1237 2009-08-25

Track List

In The Middle Of It All - 5:35
Don't Give Up - 5:23
The Way He Makes Me Feel - 4:55
I'll Sing A Song - 5:08
The Other Woman Part 1 - 3:38
Forget Me - 4:42
Mr. Bojangles - 5:24
If You Could Love Me - 4:24
Invitation - 3:51
I'm With You - 5:42
Our Love Remains - 6:13
Where Or When - 5:21


Melissa Walker - vocals
Gregoire Maret - harmonica
Aaron Goldberg - piano, Fender Rhodes
Keith Gantz - guitar
Adam Rogers - guitar
Christian McBride - bass -electric, bass- acoustic
Clarence Penn - drums, percussion

Vocalist Melissa Walker returns to center stage after an extended hiatus with a stunning new CD. Listeners will revel in this recording with all the hallmarks of her previous critically acclaimed CDs, yet delight in forging a new blues-tinged soulful mix with searing performances by special guest, harmonica player Gregoire Maret and an all-star band. One of the great singers of her generation, Walker is blessed with a distinctive sound; known as an impeccable interpreter of lyrics with a gorgeous tone, three-octave range and a commanding sense of rhythm, Walker is a genuine artist. This Juno Award nominee and brainy beauty has garnered a devoted audience captivated by her fresh interpretations and wellchosen material. Adept at drawing from her roots to pull repertoire and original compositions from diverse genres and blending them in a melting pot which includes her reverence for America’s jazz tradition and folk influences, Walker transforms each song into something uniquely her own. For her new release, Walker gathers an intoxicating mix of seemingly unrelated songs that perfectly combines her powerful yet intimate style, with the arranging palette of Christian McBride’s funkiness and world-influenced beats of longtime bandmate and coproducer, Clarence Penn.


Nice review in the November 2009 issue of JazzTimes.

Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes - November 2009 read the full article