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Music Moves

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This exhilarating live recording captures Clairdee’s rich and multi-faceted performance at the famed Yoshi's in Oakland, CA. A rarity in this digital age, Clairdee is a captivating and spontaneous entertainer whose dynamic style charms her audiences.

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  1. 1 Yes, Sir That's My Baby 06:14 Info
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  2. 2 Cheek to Cheek 04:43 Info
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  3. 3 Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) 05:55 Info
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  4. 4 Summertime 08:04 Info
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  5. 5 Do Something 04:39 Info
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  6. 6 If I Could Be With You 04:21 Info
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  7. 7 Sunny 04:50 Info
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  8. 8 Someone Else Is Steppin' In 04:41 Info
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  9. 9 All The Way 04:41 Info
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  10. 10 Alright, Okay, You Win 06:15 Info
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This Christmas

Clairdee

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The soulfully alluring vocalist captures the magic of the season with holiday classics wrapped in ribbons of swing, R&B, and Latin grooves guaranteed to warm your heart, lift your soul, and send you dancing into the new year.

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  1. 1 Bringing In A Brand New Year 04:23
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  2. 2 Winter Wonderland 03:40
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  3. 3 Merry Christmas, Baby 03:22
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  4. 4 A Child Is Born [Jones / Wilder] 04:03 Info
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  5. 5 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 03:34
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  6. 6 The Christmas Song 03:11
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  7. 7 Baby, It's Cold Outside 05:25
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  8. 8 Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! 03:37
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  9. 9 This Christmas 03:58
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  10. 10 Peace 04:43
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Destination Moon

Clairdee

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Destination Moon is available for DOWNLOAD ONLY. "Clairdee delivers an exquisite reminder that classic tunes with their timeless beauty last forever." —Dan Ouellette, Down Beat, San Francisco Chronicle

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  1. 1 When Lights Are Low 03:56
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  2. 2 Star Eyes 03:46
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  3. 3 Tonight I Shall Sleep With a Smile On My Face 05:01
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  4. 4 I've Got The World On A String 04:06
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  5. 5 My Future Just Passed 05:57
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  6. 6 They Can't Take That Away From Me 03:16
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  7. 7 Moonglow 02:53
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  8. 8 Time After Time 04:11
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  9. 9 East of the Sun (West of the Moon) 03:56
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  10. 10 Destination Moon 04:13
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  11. 11 Beautiful Friendship 02:32
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Buy the Gift Pack!

    
Personally autographed CDs in a beautifully gift-wrapped package:
• Music Moves CD
• This Christmas CD 
• Destination Moon album download
• Personalized handwritten note from
   Clairdee

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Music Moves

"On the surface, these 10 tracks recorded live at Yoshi’s, show the effervescent Nancy Wilson-esque Clairdee in sassy, solidly assured, crowd-pleasing form. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover a whole lot of interpretive brilliance going on. The piece de résistance is a vibrantly enervated six-minute voyage through Alright, Okay, You Win, reinvented as a combined salute to Count Basie, Joe Williams, Les McCann and Eddie Harris. It pays homage to Basie and Williams’ appearance at the 1969 Montreux Jazz Festival, while employing Harris’ Cold Duck Time as a foundation. Clever as her innovations are, Clairdee knows when to leave well enough alone, as she does on Do Something, replacing Betty Carter’s classic treatment note for note and nuance for nuance."
—Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

Clairdee: vocals
Ken French: piano, keyboards
Ron Belcher: acoustic and electric bass
Deszon Claiborne: drums
Charles McNeal: soprano, alto, tenor sax
Produced by: Clairdee, Ken French, Bud Spangler
Recorded live at Yoshi's, Oakland, CA
Remote Recording by: Syntropy Audio, Oakland, CA
Cover Photo: James Knox
Inside Photos: Wayne Saroyan
Graphic Design: Momentum Design

This Christmas

"Vocalist Clairdee has come up with one of the best new Christmas albums in years, a winning blend of soul and swing that's full of interesting choices. THIS CHRISTMAS opens with a gospel version of Charles Brown's Bringing in a Brand New Year and moves to a samba-tinged Winter Wonderland and funked-up Merry Christmas, Baby. In other words, this isn't the same old holiday cheer. Put this one on your list." —Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News

Clairdee: vocals
piano / keyboards: Ken French (3, 5, 6, 7, 9)
piano / keyboards: Jon Herbst (1, 2, 4, 8, 10)
bass: Ron Belcher (2, 7, 9)
bass: Ruth Davies (1, 4, 5)
drums: Deszon Claiborne (2, 7, 9)
drums: Jim Zimmerman (1, 4, 5)
guitar: John Hoy (2, 3, 8, 9)
guitar: Brian Pardo ((1, 5)
trpt/flugelhorn/harmonica: Glenn Appell (1, 4, 8, 10)
flute/soprano/alto sax: Sheldon Brown (1, 4, 5)
trombone: Marty Wehner (1)

Special guests
vocals: Nicolas Bearde (1, 3, 4, 7)
vocals: Brenda Boykin (1)
alto sax: Charles McNeal (1)
flugelhorn: Dmitri Matheny (6)

Destination Moon

Liner Notes
While in recent years new-school vocalists have opted to explore the jazz potential of new standards from the song books of pop artists, San Francisco-based singer Clairdee has chosen to stick to the basics, and in so doing, delivers an exquisite reminder that classic tunes with their timeless beauty and deep wells of emotion last forever. With a fresh approach on numbers by such pillars of song as Duke Ellington, Jule Styne and the Gershwins, Clairdee embarks on a swinging, low-lights saunter of straight-ahead jazz romance, caressing the melodies with her gorgeous voice.
    
With soothing, alluring vocals that become soft and whisper-like in pockets, Clairdee opens with one of her all-time favorties "When Lights Are Low," puts a joyful bounce into "I've Got The World On A String" (listen to Dmitri Matheny float his lush flugelhorn line above the mix), frolics through what she calls her "sassy and funky" rendition of "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and ends the set with a dynamic waltz-time jaunt through the title tune and a scat-charged duet with pianist Ken French on "Beautiful Friendship."
   
Instead of filling the CD with another half-hour's worth of songs, Clairdee wisely ends the show at just under 45 minutes. She says, "We decided to keep the songs short just like the old recordings. That way, when the music ends, listeners long to hear more." She laughs, "So they can play the album again."
    
My feelings exactly. After listening to Destination Moon in its entirety, I wanted an encore. I had to settle for hitting the play button again and letting Clairdee once more work her magic from the start.
—Dan Ouellette, Down Beat, San Francisco Chronicle

Clairdee: vocals
Ken French: piano
Eddie Marshall: drums
Dmitri Matheny: flugelhorn
John Wiitala: bass
All arrangements by Ken French and Clairdee
Produced by Bud Spangler with Ken French and Clairdee
Recorded by Mike Cogan at Bay Records, Berkeley, CA