Nine Decades of Jazz

Where Butterflies Play
February 11, 2019

Barbara Paris, an appealing jazz singer from Denver, has grown in power and creativity through the years. On Nine Decades Of Jazz (available from www.barbarapariscom), she performs a wide variety of material that ranges from “Dark Town Strutters Ball” and a catchy version of “Knock Me A Kiss” to “Splanky,” “The Song Is Ended” and two of her originals including a tribute to the late pianist Joe Bonner (“Ode To Joe”). She swings throughout, scats when it fits, and puts heartfelt emotion into the ballads including “Summer of ‘42” and “I Wanna Be Loved.” Joining her are pianist Billy Wallace, bassist Ken Walker and drummer Jill Fredrickson. If the name of Billy Wallace sounds slightly familiar, it may be because he was a member of the Max Roach Quintet (recording Jazz In 3/4 Time) in 1957, and recorded with Frank Strozier, Billy Mitchell and Bunky Green in the early 1960s. While he has been in obscurity for decades, the pianist sounds in top form throughout this set, creating boppish solos in his own infectious style and making one happy that he is still on the scene. Clearly Wallace and Ms. Paris inspire each other and the results are quite rewarding. This is the Barbara Paris CD to get.- Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

Barbara Paris is an excellent jazz vocalist able to make even war-horses sound fresh through her enthusiasm and subtle creativity.

Barbara Paris has recorded four fine CD’s for her Perea label and is a welcome fixture in the Colorado jazz scene, occasionally singing on both the East and West Coasts and in Europe.- Scott Yanow All Music Guide to Jazz”

“A melodic, swinging voice with a rhythmic sense that lends itself to jazz.  Paris is obviously a very eclectic singer.”

Jerome Wilson~Cadence

“A fun set of spirited, straight-ahead music”

Scott Yanow~All Music Guide

“A swinging singer with unaffected phrasing and an upbeat attitude….”

Owen Cordel~Jazztimes

“I love Barbara’s originality.”

Haybert Houston~Jazz Now Magazine

“Paris has a lot going for her, Swing ballads blues & bossa nova paints an attractive picture of the Colorado-based jazz vocalist.”

Alex Henderson~All Music Guide

“You’re good!

Gary Giddens~Village Voice

“Je fiene de Denver, dans le Colorado, uner ville de jazz dans les annees clinquante et soixante ou` se producisaliant beaucoup de grande musicians. Mon Pere etait un fan de Nat King Cole, maes freres sont des chanteure de vlues, et je n`ai`pas vraimant choisi de jazz; c’est plutot le jazz qui m`a chosie.”

Michel Biden~-Jazz Hot

Colorado-based Barbara Paris delivers silky smooth lyrics with a sassy lilt. Her energy is evident on tunes like “He May Be Your Man” and “All Of Me”. Pianist Joe Bonner and reeds man Richie Chiaraluce perform sparkling solos throughout.

Patricia Meyers~JazzTimes

Barbara Paris, an appealing jazz singer from Denver, has grown in power and creativity through the years. On Nine Decades Of Jazz (available from www.barbarapariscom), she performs a wide variety of material that ranges from “Dark Town Strutters Ball” and a catchy version of “Knock Me A Kiss” to “Splanky,” “The Song Is Ended” and two of her originals including a tribute to the late pianist Joe Bonner (“Ode To Joe”). She swings throughout, scats when it fits, and puts heartfelt emotion into the ballads including “Summer of ‘42” and “I Wanna Be Loved.” Joining her are pianist Billy Wallace, bassist Ken Walker and drummer Jill Fredrickson. If the name of Billy Wallace sounds slightly familiar, it may be because he was a member of the Max Roach Quintet (recording Jazz In 3/4 Time) in 1957, and recorded with Frank Strozier, Billy Mitchell and Bunky Green in the early 1960s. While he has been in obscurity for decades, the pianist sounds in top form throughout this set, creating boppish solos in his own infectious style and making one happy that he is still on the scene. Clearly Wallace and Ms. Paris inspire each other and the results are quite rewarding. This is the Barbara Paris CD to get.- Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

Barbara Paris is an excellent jazz vocalist able to make even war-horses sound fresh through her enthusiasm and subtle creativity.

Barbara Paris has recorded four fine CD’s for her Perea label and is a welcome fixture in the Colorado jazz scene, occasionally singing on both the East and West Coasts and in Europe.- Scott Yanow All Music Guide to Jazz”

“A melodic, swinging voice with a rhythmic sense that lends itself to jazz.  Paris is obviously a very eclectic singer.”

Jerome Wilson~Cadence

“A fun set of spirited, straight-ahead music”

Scott Yanow~All Music Guide

“A swinging singer with unaffected phrasing and an upbeat attitude….”

Owen Cordel~Jazztimes

“I love Barbara’s originality.”

Haybert Houston~Jazz Now Magazine

“Paris has a lot going for her, Swing ballads blues & bossa nova paints an attractive picture of the Colorado-based jazz vocalist.”

Alex Henderson~All Music Guide

“You’re good!

Gary Giddens~Village Voice

“Je fiene de Denver, dans le Colorado, uner ville de jazz dans les annees clinquante et soixante ou` se producisaliant beaucoup de grande musicians. Mon Pere etait un fan de Nat King Cole, maes freres sont des chanteure de vlues, et je n`ai`pas vraimant choisi de jazz; c’est plutot le jazz qui m`a chosie.”

Michel Biden~-Jazz Hot

Colorado-based Barbara Paris delivers silky smooth lyrics with a sassy lilt. Her energy is evident on tunes like “He May Be Your Man” and “All Of Me”. Pianist Joe Bonner and reeds man Richie Chiaraluce perform sparkling solos throughout.

Patricia Meyers~JazzTimes