Candles in the Wind
What the Critics Have to Say about Andre Baker 'Are there indeed no new singers coming up to follow the Ella's and the Sarah's? Andrea Baker gives cause for hope. She has familiarized herself with the past mistresses of the art, sings ballads sensitively and scats . Add a pure sound and firm intonation and you have here the ingredients for jazz vocal stardom.' - Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times 'Her clear ringing voice sizzles with rhythmic panache!' Zan Stewart- LA Times Andrea Baker is one of the finest singers I have ever heard! Joey DeFrancesco, organist Baker, an expert scat singer who has complete control over her voice and who always sings in tune was quite relaxed during her performance as if singing songs for friends in her living room. She is definitely a name to look for in the future.' Scott Yanow - Jazz Now Magazine 'Control was the focus of singer, Andrea Baker's performance as she demonstrated a firm rhythmic grip both when singing a lyric and scat singing.... her phrasing also came with an even flow' Bill Kohlhasse- Los Angeles Times 'How she digs in - lingering on the good lines. She swings like a female Sinatra. Her best acting comes on Black Coffee, pure at first; her voice slowly coarsens...Emotion is rarely this pure and seldom so lovely.' John Barrett Jr. - Jazz Improv Magazine '...the title cut, Table For One, finds her (Baker) using the smoky quality of her voice to beautiful effect.' John Wooley - World Entertainment Weekly 'One of the best singers I have ever heard!' Ray Anthony, trumpeter 'Baker is a true jazz singer! She does fast arrangements at warp speed and lingers hauntingly over ballads like Goodbye.' Jerome Wilson, Cadence Magazine We just finished listening to Andrea Baker's CD - WOW! There aren't many recordings where you can pick any track and be assured a great performance - She will get regular play on our program! Ron Aprea & Angela DeNiro WSHR Radio, New York 'Baker has excellent control, deliberate and breathless phrasing and a good ear. This is some of the most beautiful, thoroughly ingratiating music it has been my pleasure to hear.' Johnny Adam, ALL THAT JAZZ-KNRY and KIEZ Radio, Carmel, CA 'Andrea is the real thing. I mean this lady can do it all.' L & H Sound - Jersey City 'Baker's voice has a sauciness to it, an intimate, caressing feel that is very effective. She reminds me of Billy Holiday. - There is a quality to the voice that is hard to describe - an ethereal quality that lingers. She is first rate.' Myrna Daniels - LA Jazz Scene 'Baker has an ear for blending jazz with contemporary music as her knockout vocals on Rock With You (Steve Wilkerson/Andrea Baker - Together - Skyline Records) prove. Her vocal, complete with multi-track harmonies is absolutely stunning - so good in fact that it deserves to become a hit again!' Ellis Widner - Tulsa World 'Andrea has astonishing voice control - never wavering on notes held and stretched. Her clear water vocals draw everybody back. She glowed on Besame Mucho and My Foolish Heart then rocked them around with I'm Walkin' before soothing with You've Changed!' Sandy Sterling - Jazz Society News 'One of the Southern California's most promising artists!' Steven Harris - San Gabriel Valley Tribune 'Baker with a sultry voice that echoes Ella Fitzgerald and Jo Stafford brought a saucy flavor to such standards as My Romance, The Nearness of You and The Girl From Ipanema. She is strongest at scatting, using her voice as an instrument that rolls and bounces with the band.' Anissa Vicente - San Gabriel Valley Tribune 'Baker is a true jazz artist of the highest caliber!' Robert Kehle - Director of Jazz Studies, Pittsburg State University 'She produces such a variety of timbres that I wonder how just one person can produce such tonal variety. She can really swing, then switch to a ballad that is a complete change of mood and communicate it just as well as the swinging up tempo tunes. A very distinctive voice!' Carey Meister, KAWC Radio - Arizona 'Baker shows that she can deal with both romantic ballads and up tempo material - she brings a good deal to the vocal table, showing off her considerable scatting skills.' Dave Nathan - All About Jazz 'A truly cool jazz vocal sensation - a stunning presence with a voice like silk thunder!' The Hot Blues & Cool Jazz Festival 'Incredible tonality and precision! Baker brings spot on pitch and warmth to her singing!' John Hammel, WNTI Radio, Andrea has a great presence projecting great diction and uncanny swing! Ernie Garside, Artists Management, England A simply beautiful voice! Jack Simpson Jazz on the Beach WUCF Radio, Orlando, Florida.