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Musical Notes easy-to-loveBy Esther Callens

Superb vocals are lent to a wonderful assemblage from the American songbook.  That is exactly what is found in Easy To Love, the latest by notable songstress Lizzie Thomas. Featuring crystal clear vocals backed by an awesome ensemble – this CD is sure to be among the classics.
Easy To Love is a fantastic throwback to the classic swing era. This was a time where rich sounds were produced by a soloist backed by a big band. True vocalists of this nature are hard to find – then along came Lizzie Thomas. She is a virtual powerhouse as she masterfully performed these marvelous tunes.
The album opens with an amazing interpretation of “You Do Something To Me.”  “One Note Samba” accurately portrays the dexterity and versatility that Thomas’ vocals possess. It is absolute stellar material.  She takes the rhythm up a notch on “I Only Have Eyes For You” – which proves to pay off.  The entire 10 track collection has proven to be a masterpiece.
Lizzie Thomas studied classical piano when she was 8 years old and clarinet at the age of 10. She started singing at the age of 13 and went on to perform in shows and musicals. Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn. is where she studied jazz vocals with Sandra Dudley. After graduating, Thomas began writing and playing the keyboard with various bands. But soon she returned to singing. She is a Southern Belle who has set the New York jazz scene on fire.

Album personnel: Lizzie Thomas (vocalist), Xavier Davis (piano), Ron Affif (guitar), Yoshi Wahi (bass), Greg Ryan (bass), Frank Levatino (drums), Alvester Garnett (drums, D’Amico drums), Janella Reichman (clarinet), Antoine Drye (trumpet), Frank Lacy (trombone), Anne Drummond (flute).

Track listings: You Do Something To Me; Close Your Eyes; One Note Samba; I’ve Got You Under My Skin; I Only Have Eyes For You; Easy To Love; Just The Way You Look Tonight; You Stepped Out Of A Dream; Shadow Of Your Smile; Our Love Is Here To Stay.

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