Mary Stallings

Manhattan-Moods

Manhattan Moods

  • Release Date: 31 Mar 1997
  • CCD-4750-2

A true jazz singer in the tradition of Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday, Mary Stallings doesn't just sing songs. She tells stories. She creates moods. And in her new Concord Jazz recording, she creates Manhattan Moods, but not those of the incessantly honking horns of taxis on the crowded streets of a city that never sleeps. The warmth of candlelight, the coziness of the log-burning fireplace in the Park Avenue penthouse suite, the subtlety and complexity of the vint… MORE

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ABOUT MARY STALLINGS

Mary Stallings

 

Greatly influenced by Carmen McRae, San Francisco native Mary Stallings is a passionate, robust singer who isn't nearly as well-known as she should be. The niece of saxman Orlando Stallings, she started singing as a child and sang jazz in Bay Area clubs during her teenage years, when she performed with Louis Jordan's Tympani Five and shared the stage with such greats as Wes Montgomery and Ben Webster. One of Stallings' admirers was vibist Cal Tjader, whom she teamed up with in 1961 for Cal Tjader Plays, Mary Stallings Sings on Fantasy. But regrettably, albums by Stallings were few and far between. After stints with Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine in the 1960s, Stallings toured with the Count Basie Orchestra as a featured vocalist from 1969-1972. The singer was still in Basie's employ when, in 1971, she gave birth to her only child, R&B singer Adriana Evans (whose self-titled debut album on RCA was among the finest R&B releases of 1997). Pharoah Sanders became Evans' godfather, and Stallings went into semi-retirement from music to stay home and raise her daughter. Though she performed occasionally when Adriana was growing up, it wasn't until the late 1980s that Stallings seriously resumed her career. She made a long overdue return to record stores with Clarity's 1990 audiophile release Fine and Mellow, and in 1994 Stallings signed with Concord Jazz and recorded I Waited for You. Some equally memorable Concord dates followed (including Spectrum in 1995 and Manhattan Moods in 1996), and Stallings' admirers were glad to see her recording regularly after so many years of obscurity. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide