I Walk Alone
Ellynne Plotnick is a jazz vocalist and songwriter based in Connecticut. She has been cultivating fans in New York City clubs and restaurants who are drawn to the intimacy and coolness of her sound and her emotional delivery. Joining her on this album are pianist/collaborator Dan Furman, bassist Tom Pietrycha, and percussionist/drummer Yujiro Nakamura. I Walk Alone is a real mixed bag of originals and standards, recorded live at the Triad Theater and in the studios of LoFish Productions in Manhattan. Ellynne's album is personal, quirky, and unique. The original compositions are unusual, with lyrics that are at times striking and poetic. The concept was to record a CD both live and in the studio that remained relatively organic and pristine. The combination of songs, grooves, and the minimalistic coolness of the vocals make for an engaging listen. It's an understated recording with a strong undercurrent of feeling throughout driving the songs. --------------- 'Vocal albums aren't a dime a dozen anymore. It's a shame for sure but when one comes along you know to hold on to it dearly. Smoky melancholic tales that just drip from her mouth with an efficacy that's unparalleled. Absolutely astonishing.' J-Sin/Smother Magazine - Editor's Pick 'Plotnick's clear articulation, soulful phrasing, and heart-felt lyrics are the cornerstone of this successful project.' Carmel DeSoto, JazzPolice 'This intimately rendered jazz vocal affair would seem to fare rather well at an upscale New York City hotel lounge...Ellynne and her quartet mix it up rather nicely with a blend of standards and originals. She uses wonderful diction to complement her silky vocal chords and acute dynamic sense... She works the crowd with her witty lyricism, upbeat vibe, and joyous overtones. Plotnick's style and delivery loom as a high point.' Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz 'Plotnick's voice is welcoming both live and in the studio...This is an exciting session highlighted by The Absence of Light, the bouncy I Walk Alone, and the funky Get Out of Town. Top shelf!' D. Oscar Groomes, O's Notes 4/4 stars 'This small, low-key combo make the album a cozy, intimate affair. It also allows for plenty of room to experiment...I Walk Alone has more than the typical well-traveled standards. It is recommended for listeners looking for something new and different.' Donna Kimura, Jazzreview.com New and Notable Paul Blair, Hot House Ellynne Plotnick sings with a great alto voice through a half dozen standards here, as well as that many more of her own clever compositions. In concept, Plotnick brings to mind Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg, though she fields a much more attractive voice with broader range than they do. The recording ends on a particularly poignant note, as he covers wonderfully the too little used Alec Wilder tune, 'While We're Young.' This is a strong recording by a fine new singer with both talent and taste. Phillip McNally, Cadence Magazine Plotnick has a jazz standard voice but her greatest talent seems to be in writing and arranging music. With pianist Dan Furman, as well as in her own right, Plotnick creates melodies that catch you and are complemented with strong lyric writing. They have something of the standards of the past but carry a contemporary feel... A fine addition to anyone's CD collection. Sue Bullas, Live Music Report I Walk Alone presents her pleasing vocal style with a wider variety that showcases her warm and sensitive approach with a tongue-in-cheek, almost beatnik vibe on tunes such as the original composition, 'Chair Song.'...The more I listened to this disc, the more I enjoyed it. I found it to be fun, quirky, and a very worthwhile presentation of what Ellynne can really do and I'm looking forward to hearing more. Mark Amentt, Jazz Improv NY The delivery comes out reminiscent of the great disaffected singers and songs, normally related to a broken heart. Here, it's applied to happiness and loneliness alike...The tone of her voice is excellent...There is a reverence for the old bop masters and Plotnick proves that she has some fine skills here. Adam Greenberg, AllMusic Guide (AMG)
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