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Fever: A Tribute to Peggy Lee

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Jazz vocalist Connie Evingson is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has appeared with her trio in clubs and concert halls across the U.S., in Europe and Japan, and has been a guest soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony conducted by Doc Severinsen, and the Plymouth Music Series with Bobby McFerrin. She is the creator of the original stage production, Fever, A Tribute to Peggy Lee, which she has performed at theatres in Minneapolis and Seattle, and excerpted at New York's Town Hall. Her theatrical credits include Lady in the Dark with the Plymouth Music Series, 2-Gether at Illusion Theatre, and The King and I, South Pacific and The Pearl Fishers with the Minnesota Opera Company. Her voice is often heard on radio and TV commercials, and she is the host of Singers and Standards on KBEM, the Twin Cities' premier jazz radio station. She is featured on Jazziz Magazine's Vocals on Fire CD, and has released three CD's on Minnehaha Music, I Have Dreamed, Fever, A Tribute to Peggy Lee, and Some Cats Know. Evingson has been a member of the vocal jazz ensemble Moore By Four since 1986, with whom she has toured the U.S., Europe and Japan, appeared on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, and shared the stage with Harry Connick, Jr., the late Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Dizzy Gillespie. Connie was among the top 15 contestants in the 1998 Thelonius Monk Vocal Competition and received the McKnight Artist Fellowship Award in 2000.

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Fever: A Tribute to Peggy Lee is an album representation of the show of the same name that jazz vocalist Connie Evingson created for the Illusion Theatre in Minneapolis. It collects a variety of songs associated with Lee, from her early days with Benny Goodman ("Why Don't You Do Right") to her signature song, "Fever," to some of the many songs she wrote herself ("I Love Being Here with You," "It's a Good Day," "I'm Gonna Go Fishing," Lady and the Tramp's "He's a Tramp"). A solid vocalist, Evingson won't make anyone forget Lee, but that's not the point here. Fever is nothing less than a pleasure. --David Horiuchi

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Love Being Here With You
  2. Some Cats Know
  3. I Wanna Be Loved
  4. He's A Tramp
  5. Black Coffee
  6. It's A Good Day
  7. Why Don't You Do Right
  8. Fever
  9. I Don't Know Enough About You
  10. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
  11. Where Can I Go Without You?
  12. Is That All There Is?


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 1, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: March 1, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B00004TETK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,198 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's a daunting task to record a tribute album to someone the stature of a Peggy Lee, if for no other reason than every song will be compared to the original. Nonetheless, Minneapolis-based Connie Evingson pulls off this difficult task, and does it with grace and aplomb. This should be no surprise given Evingon's enormous talent. While she uses similar arrangements, she doesn't try to sound like Lee. Her voice is deep and sultry like Lee's, but it's also somewhat lighter. To her credit, Evingson's tribute is not only to songs that Lee sang, but to also to those Lee wrote, reminding us that the multitalented Ms. Lee was also a composer of note. This is good stuff and should be on the shelf of everyone who enjoys and appreciates the vocal art.
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Connie Evingson's, "FEVER", a tribute to Peggy Lee, rates a standing ovation. She has a vocal quality reminiscent of the great Miss Lee but comes forth with all the freshness and verve that this material longs for and rarely receives. If you rate Peggy Lee as "Sultry", you'll agree that Connie Evingson is "SULTRY". If you feel the "Blues" when Miss Lee sings, you'll feel the "BLUES" when Miss Evingson delivers. Sanford Moore (piano),Terry Burns(bass), Phil Hey and Nathan Norman (drums), Reuben Ristrom and Joan Griffith (guitar) and Dave Karr(reeds) obviously understand the music and how it should be played for Connie Evingson's performance. They are top rate players as is Miss Evingson a top rate singer. In the opinion of a guy who plays 80 to 100 recordings a week, Connie Evingson's "Fever" is a fever to catch!
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Connie offers up a good selection of Peggy Lee songs on this tribute album, and puts her own spin on the songs without being disrespectful to the image or style of Lee. In short, that is what a tribute album should be all about, and Connie delivers in spades.
"Some Cats Know" is the title track of another Connie Evingson album, and again here she offers up the tune in a slow and sizzling (and sexy), way. "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" is done in a more sprightly, but no less smoky way. "I Don't Know Enough About You" is again, typical of Connie's style.
"He's A Tramp" and "Fever" are of course Peggy Lee standards. She owned these songs in a way few artists can ever hope to own a song as their signature tune. Dino had "Return to Me", for example, and it just sounds wrong coming from someone else. Connie does quite well on both tunes here, again, putting her own spin on the Lee classics while not straying too far from the sound Lee fans remember.
The only poor choice here would have to be "Is That All There Is?" Peggy Lee could make it work perfectly. I've never really cared for the song anyway, but Connie is too young, and perhaps even too innocent, to pull off the world-weary sound required for this song.
Other than that, the CD is rich with Connie's wonderful vocals, and the accompaniment is great. Don't listen to the naysayers. Try this one out.
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Connie Evingson's cd, Fever, is truly a tribute to Peggy Lee that foregoes the notion of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. While not straying far from the jazz style used by Ms. Lee, Ms. Evingson puts her own stamp on these classic tunes, singing them with the high level of craftsmanship they deserve. Evingson does an excellent job in enunciating the lyric and bringing across the mood of the song whether it be soulful, sultry, or sunny. Her musicians provide excellent backing, in particular Dave Karr on the reeds.
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Connie Evingson really swings. In another time she woulda coulda been a star. Too bad jazz singing is relegated to a very small audience these days. Her voice is really easy on the ears. In musicians' parlance, she's got chops.
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By R. Ginocchio on October 7, 2015
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Another real good early album from Evingson. A nice, lesser know selection of songs unless you are a serious Peggy Lee fan. I agree with others that she is not a mirror for Lee, but Peggy really had a not so pleasant voice anyway and was really more about style and delivery. Evingson has both style and delivery but may be slightly better suited to her other more recent releases.
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Connie Evingson is a great, professional jazz singer. She pays tribute here to one other great jazz singer; I really like that the songs were all written by Peggy Lee. Great stuff. I just wish Connie toured more.
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