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A great collection of songs with a range of emotions, good stories, honest delivery. - Jim Wilke, PRI. At once subtle and elegant, sultry and soulful, Gail Pettis' rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have inspired comparisons to Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn and Carmen McRae. The Seattle-based vocalist shines on her debut recording, offering very personal interpretations of standards such as Black Coffee, Moonlight in Vermont, A Certain Smile and the title track. Pettis also explores less traveled territory with songs like Help a Good Girl Go Bad, The Guy I Dream About and an original, We've Met Before, by pianist Randy Halberstadt. "Gail's delivery invites the listener into a warm and intricate atmosphere of musical magic." - Overton Berry, Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.

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"...a great collection of songs with a range of emotions, good stories, honest delivery..."May I Come In?" Certainly, and welcome, Gail!" -- Jim Wilke, Public Radio International

"Gail's delivery invites the listener into a warm and intricate atmosphere of musical magic." -- Overton Berry, Seattle Jazz Hall of fame
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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Oa2
  • ASIN: B000RMIY90
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD is recorded as clear as a bell. Gail Pettis' voice is warm, mature, articulated, yet sensitive. She has a wide range of emotions like the bluesy Black Coffee, the jazzy Show Me, to the ballad-like May I Come In.
She has such a wide range of capabilities, and seems to sing so easily and fluently, that I can only imagine how her repertoire will develop over the years. The Seattle Jazz scene has another serious jazz artist. This is a lovely CD.
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Gail Pettis has played the Seattle jazz scene for some time while making her living in an orthodontist's office. This recording is testimony to her talent. The arrangements of many classic tunes, mixed with some original work makes for a truly enjoyable listening experience. Pianists Darin Clendenin and Randy Halberstadt do an excellent job adding so much texture and feeling to the music. The audio recording is first rate, as evidenced by the crystal clear reproduction of Gail's voice, the piano and Darren Motamedy's flute. If you're in the mood for mellow jazz vocals, try this one out. You won't regret it.
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I had never heard from Gail Pettis until I heard her by coincidence on a personalised webbased shared radio program, programmed for "jazz vocalists". Since I've ordered this album, I have listened to it over and over again. Her voice is amazing and her way of singing really surpised me. The instrumental arrangements are very smooth, jazzwise acoustic and open sounding. Especially "Help a Good Girl Go Bad". And if you want to hear how she's handling an average blues, "Black Coffee" is absolutely daring and astonishing! I would't compare Gail to Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan, as Gail is a lot less renewing to jazz as they were, but I think Gail can be compared to them if it comes to how accurate and reliable singing: it makes your ears relying comfortably and relaxed on her voice. I can really recommend this album if you like a smooth and steady vocalist in your ears. The reason I put 4 out of the 5 stars max in the rating is because I dislike the last song on the album which destroys part of the good feeling built up by the previous 12 songs.
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I too just happened to hear Gail Pettis, purely by chance. Just stopped dead in my tracks. I've always had an ear for female vocalist and after 60 years or so I guess I should be able to recognize someone way above ordinary and without any doubt Gail Pettis is up there!

Do I hear subtle shades of Natalie Cole? However, she is far away from copying anyone else's style; all singers are naturally influenced by others, but in due course of time and experience a distinct sound and style emerges. And so here is Gail Pettie coming out the gate and already flying high above the recent trend of mediocre talent hiding inside the finery of the jazz standards wrapped in slick arrangement. There is no substitute for genuine talent! Gail has real talent, originality and potential and it can only get better and better...

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Chicago Old School
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Gail Pettis is a fixture on the Seattle jazz scene. How do I know that? I know 'cause I checked out her web site. Because truth be told, I'd never heard, or heard of, Ms Pettis until I put "May I Come In?" into my trusty CD player. So.... May she come in? Yes indeed, she certainly may!

"May I Come In?" is Ms Pettis' debut, and as of now, only album*. That's a shame, because based on the ample evidence provided by this recording, the lady can sing better than almost anybody currently plying the trade. Other reviewers have compared her to Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRea and Nancy Wilson, (now there's a trio to draw to), but the comparison that works best for me is to Ethel Ennis - a singer from the opposite coast and another great talent that nobody ever heard of, (hence the comparison isn't very useful). Anyway....

Ms Pettis has a warm, resonant contralto voice. She's comfortable at both ends of her range, (I'm not an expert, but I'd bet that she's close to four octaves). The song selection here - a mix of standards and originals - allows her to show off, without being flashy, (here's why I like the comparison to Ethel Ennis - Ms Pettis has the same ability to stay entirely within herself and yet take you to the emotional edge of a song). And I feel compelled to add that when Ms Pettis asked me to, "Help a Good Girl Go Bad," I was ready to book the first flight to Seattle.

The album was cut in two sessions, using different back-up musicians: One group anchored by pianist Randy Halberstadt, the other by Darin Clendenin. Regardless of who happens to be playing, the music is excellent.

And the sonics? Not bad at all. OA2 Records has done right by Ms Pettis: Crystal clear, front and center, Ms Pettis is right there in your room.
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I heard Gail the first time on a Public Radio station and was hooked. I researched her on the web, found her on Amazon and ordered right away.

Her voice clarity and control is among the best you will ever hear in this genre. `Very laid back, simple and clean with an excellent line-up of tracks. Primarily vocal, piano, acoustic base and drums (played with brushes). Very tasteful!
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