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"There are many 'good' singers but very few special ones...Ellen has a fantastic voice, she kicks butt as an arranger and pianist, has wonderful taste in repertoire, featuring songs by new composers...as well as re-presenting some of the standards...she's my personal nomination for talent deserving of wider recognition.

Marvin Stamm
jazz trumpeter

"Really fine vocal/instrumental jazz...Ellen Starr's singing is just lovely--no frills or b.s., very hornlike, intonation right on, and each song's feeling is beautifully conveyed. Her piano playing is excellent...really this is terrific--I'm just knocked out!"

John di Martino
jazz pianist, arranger and composer.

" I love it! Your voice is beautiful, your piano is high on the 'taste meter,' and I like the arrangements."

John Corigliano
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer; Prof. of Composition;
Julliard School of Music

"Ellen Starr is truly a great musician. This CD will rank among the jazz greats: Her singing is sublime, with a huge range and a rainbow of colors, she is the perfect performer for the repertoire she has chosen. Her arrangements are original and startling, and her pianistic skills complete a picture of one the 21st century's great performers. The backup band is more than first rate. This is an album to play again and again."

Stanley Cowell,
jazz pianist , composer and educator at Rutger's University.

" It's a rare thing to experience a jazz pianist who sings so beautifully, and a singer who really plays the piano, all embodied in one person. That's Ellen Starr."

Isabelle Chapuis
Prof. of Flute (retired); School of Music, San Jose State University;
San Jose, CA; studio musician

This CD blew me away. As a vocalist, Ellen Starr sounds like Carmen McRae and Diana Krall combined. She's a virtuoso singer with a huge range and perfect pitch. She's got low tones with the sultriness of Nina Simone. As a pianist, Starr reminds me of the amazing Kenny Baron. And, as an arranger, she's as skillful and imaginative as Bill Evans. What a versatile talent! Surrounding her in this fascinating collection of jazz standards and originals are three top New York musicians: Paul Beaudry, bass; Alvester Garnett, drums; and Joel Frahm, tenor and soprano sax. Their solos are incandescent flights of fancy. Where has Starr been hiding? Her bio reveals she's played in New York jazz clubs for decades. How is it possible that such an accomplished singer and jazz musician is only now making her CD debut? For devotees of great jazz, this CD is the real deal.