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n her future as a professional singer. By age ten, she was expressing her innermost emotions in poetry, which led naturally to her development as a compelling songwriter. In her mid-teens, she traveled to Europe to pursue her growing musical dreams, and she later immigrated to the United States to study voice at the acclaimed Musicians Institute in Hollywood,

new album  DOUYE - DADDY SAID SO

Its autumn and as i sit by my computer listening again over to this new set

from  the artist who's music  i find very inspiring DOUYE a while back

discovered this hidden gem and was so surprised   that other hadn't   this turn

around she has delivered   a wonderful jazz standard set that i will be playing

for some time   to come. Every song leaves me asking why she hadn't done

this from the beginning  i guess there are no limits for an artist of this stature

and my one whish would be for more people to discover. There  are no filler

tracks here just wonderful mastery so if you are feeling cold  wrap your self in

the latest album(AUTUMN LEAFS a KILLER COVER) entitled DADY SAID



Douye’ sings a set of 14 classic jazz standards. Her voice is attractive, warm,

quietly emotional, has a solid sense of swing, and she clearly has a deep

understanding of the lyrics. It is a very impressive jazz debut for the up-and-

coming singer.

About Douyé

After two successful and well-received classic R&B CDs, singer Douye’ is on a career path that has taken an unexpected but ultimately

logical turn. Douye’ (pronounced Doe-Yay) has re-emerged as a very talented jazz singer on her impressive new recording Daddy Said So.

It may seem as if this is a radical change but, as Douye’ explains, it is actually a return to her roots.“Jazz was the first music that I ever

heard.  It was introduced to me by my Dad who always played jazz around the house. He regularly sat me down and told me to listen

closely to the music, that jazz was life.” Her beloved father passed away when she was 11. “The last time I saw him, he was at the hospital,

had me driven in, and he told me that he wanted me to promise him something. He wanted me to promise him that I would sing jazz after I

became a woman. Years passed, life went on, and I became  involved in performing and recording r&b. But when I was completing the

second CD in 2013, I kept on thinking about my last conversation with my Dad. It was as if he was reminding me about my promise. I

decided that I would see if I had what it took to sing jazz.”Douye’ has since worked very hard at finding her own place in the jazz world.

Rather than doing it halfway or merely copying the great jazz singers of the past, she was determined to study hard, learn a countless

number of songs, and sing jazz in her own way. She paid close attention to the reactions of the audience and the musicians when she

appeared at jazz jams at the World Stage in Los Angeles. “If I did not sound any good, they would certainly tell me! I gained the courage to

give it a real try after getting some confirmation from the jazz crowd that I could do this.”Daddy Said So features Douye’ singing a set of

classic jazz standards. Her voice is attractive, warm, quietly emotional, has a solid sense of swing, and she clearly has a deep

understanding of the lyrics. It is a very impressive jazz debut for the up-and-coming singer.Rather than utilize the same group of musicians

on each selection, a wide variety of brilliant jazz artists make memorable appearances throughout the release. Douye’ originally made

demos of the songs that she planned to record, sent them to many of her favorite musicians, and happily discovered that every artist was

interested in being on her project.Douye’ recorded “Nature Boy” as a duet with the immortal bassist Ron Carter. “It was funny. He

suggested that we meet for the session at 11. I said, ‘Alright but I would be there at 10:30.’ Ron Carter replied that he would make it

by 10:30 too. I arrived at the studio at 10:17 and he was already there! I think we were finished with ‘Nature Boy’ before 11.”“Mood Indigo”

and “I Loves You Porgy” were recorded with veteran pianist Kenny Barron’s trio. “But Beautiful” and “All The Things You Are” feature a

talented Nigerian tenor-saxophonist Zem Audu and pianist Benito Gonzalez.  Douye’ originally recorded “Lush Life” and “Sophisticated

Lady” as duets with her friend the late pianist Joel Scott. Later on, tasteful bass and drum parts were added but Douye’ kept Scott’s

beautiful accompaniment intact. “Round Midnight” and “In A Sentimental Mood” were performed with pianist-arranger John Beasley and a

few of Los Angeles’ top jazz players (saxophonist Bob Sheppard, bassist John Clayton and drummer Roy McCurdy). Check out Douye’s

deep-toned vocal on “’Round Midnight” and Beasley’s emulation of Duke Ellington’s piano playing on “In A Sentimental Mood” from Duke’s

famous collaboration with John Coltrane.Every performance has its special moments. The great guitarist Russell Malone not only arranged

“Body And Soul” but organized a group that included trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and drummer Willie Jones III. “Autumn Leaves” (arranged by

Angelo Metz as was “Besame Mucho”)) and “Someone To Watch Over Me” (arranged by Phil Small and produced by Metz) find Douye’

joined by the Kim Richmond Orchestra while the warm tenor-sax of Justo Almario co-stars on “Besame Mucho.”  Also included on Daddy

Said So is a very spirited rendition of “Summertime” that was recorded in New York with a band of young Cuban Americans led by

drummer-arranger Zack O’Farrill (the 21-year old son of Arturo O’Farrill).“I’m so grateful,” says Douye’. “While it took time to coordinate

everyone’s schedules, each of the sessions came together very quickly. It was so enjoyable that it confirmed my decision to sing jazz.”





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