Maggie’s Music

Maggie’s Music

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A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing

by Billy Strayhorn, Performed by Maggie Galloway Quartet: Maggie Galloway-vocals, Joe Mulholland-piano, Bob Nieske-bass, Bob Tamagni-drums | Recorded at PBS Studios, Westford, MA June 2017, Peter Kontrimas engineer

The Best Is Yet To Come

by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Performed by Maggie Galloway Trio: Maggie Galloway-vocals, Anthony Weller-guitar, Bob Nieske-bass | Live from WGBH, December 2004

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“The tunes I sing have to do with my age and where I am in life. There was a time when I couldn’t sing some of them,” Maggie says. “Now I pick songs that I’ve lived, with lyrics I really understand. The love of music—all music—motivates me more than anything else.”

Azure

Maggie Galloway: vocals
Antony Weller: guitar
Bob Nieske: bass
Recorded and mixed at PBS Studios, Westwood, MA, USA
Peter Kontrimas: engineer
Published by Little Muse Records
On AZURE, following her acclaimed debut More Than You Know (Brownstone), vocalist Maggie Galloway once again presents heartfelt, finely-wrought renditions of standards and Americana, this time in a deeply intimate trio alongside guitarist Anthony Weller and bassist Bob Nieske.

From start to finish, AZURE is suffused with a profound mood of reflection—the sense of someone exploring a new phase in her musical and personal life. Composers such as Gershwin and Porter (I Loves You Porgy and Every Time We Say Goodbye) are balanced by Ellington’s prayer Come Sunday, his more familiar Sophisticated Lady (given new life as a duet with bass), and the obscure, haunting Azure (a classical guitar duet, like Luiz Bonfá’s The Gentle Rain).

Alec Wilder’s rarely-recorded ballad Blackberry Winter glows especially bright, with its cathartic yet strengthening lyrics. Here, too, are the neglected Autumn Nocturne, and the American folk song Wayfaring Stranger, heard in a treatment of unusual power and majesty. The trio’s special ability to dream as a detailed ensemble soars in Steve Kuhn’s Tomorrow’s Son (recorded by the pianist with singer Sheila Jordan in the 1970s).

“Her repertory takes us through the realms of thoughtful jazz and into pure inventiveness, but always with a musicality and richness of feeling that carries deep respect for the nature of the text and its meaning. To hear her is an expedition into lyricism,” writes poet Peter Davison.

More Than You Know

Maggie Galloway: vocals
Jeff Auger: piano
Bob Nieske: bass
Rick Considine: drums
Jim Cameron: saxophone

Recorded and mixed at PBS Studios, Westwood, MA, USA
Peter Kontrimas: engineer
Published by Brownstone Records

Read Liner Notes by Jazz Journalist Ken Franckling

This debut recording is energized by Maggie’s deep jazz feel. It’s in her phrasing, timing, and an absolute love of spontaneity and interplay with musicians she trusts and knows wee. From regular performances in and around Boston—most often at Top of the Hub (a restaurant and nightspot on the 52nd floor of the landmark Prudential Center) — she has honed another important skill. It is the ability and responsibility to take well-known tunes and make them your own, to reveal new facets for each listener, as well as presenting lesser-known but equally strong material that deserves more attention. Maggie Galloway does this. In fact, she does it very well.

Her musical partners come to her band and into the studio with strong credentials. Pianist Jeff Auger worked for several years with the Boston-based jazz vocal ensemble The Ritz and now leads his own trio. Bassist Bob Nieske, a veteran of the Jimmy Giuffre quartet, leads his own progressive jazz band, Wolf Soup, whose members include big-toned saxophonist Jim Cameron. Rick Considine, one of Boston’s tasty and empathetic time-keepers, is on drums. It is clear from the opening measures that this is a band whose members truly enjoy drawing new elements out of a song—and each other.

“I really believe in the conversation of the music, in letting everyone have their say,” Maggie says. It’s like a dinner party. Sometimes, you’re all chatting at once; other times one person has something to say. Each of us on the bandstand, or in this case, in the studio, is telling the story in a way in which we are seeing and hearing and feeling something and connecting at that time.”

  • Ms. Galloway is a most unusual talent and one deserving of much wider recognition. She blends the precision and control of a classically-trained singer with a natural, playful jazz phrasing and imagination. She’s a singer who would fit just as well into a jazz party lineup as onstage in an intimate club in Boston (or New York or Chicago or Los Angeles or Tokyo or Minneapolis-St. Paul)

    - Mississippi Rag

  • The classic songs of American jazz have been covered so many times that it takes an exceptional singer to make them come alive. Maggie Galloway is such a songstress.

    - The Boston Globe

  • Over many decades as a professional jazz and classical guitarist, with an international career, I have been privileged to work with three dozen superb singers of diverse genres and backgrounds. By far the finest was the American jazz singer Maggie Galloway—the most musical, the most flexible, the most artistic. She can sing anything. She has an uncanny ability to communicate a song’s meaning and to reach deep into its essence, while responding instantaneously to what the musicians around her are doing. She understands on every level what the composers and lyricists are after.

    - Anthony Weller, Musician and Writer

  • She meets every melody more than halfway, taking just enough sly liberties with a tune to add the element of surprise without disguising the original. And she has a relaxed, easy way with lyrics that makes each tune unfold like a conversation.

    - The Boston Phoenix

  • It’s unfortunate that Galloway hadn’t recorded earlier, for she’s a tasteful and charming interpreter of lyrics.

    - All Music Guide

  • Let’s stipulate that I’ve exhausted my superlatives on Maggie Galloway’s CD. Even so, that doesn’t begin to suggest how exceptional she is. Every note she hits is dead on. Every word she breathes is as clear as a New England winter wind. This lady would be as ‘at home’ at Rainbow & Stars as she would have been at the Royal Roost.

    - Candence Magazine

  • A brilliant practitioner on the ultimate instrument.

    - Victory Music Review

  • Her confident voice is a bit like an alto saxophone, with a sound that has a bit of froth around a solid center and in the way she hits the high notes cleanly.

    - 52nd Street Jazz

  • There are a lot of ladies singing jazz today, or trying to. There always have been. But the ones who succeed usually feel jazz down to their toes, fully understand themselves as jazz instruments, extensions of the musical form. Galloway is such a singer. She has a warm, full voice that can’t fail to nestle in your heart.

    - RAPPORT: The Modern Guide to Books, Music & More

  • Her voice is just lovely, and her singing combines that natural beauty with a sweet, uncomplicated approach that creates a classic effect. The best analogy might be to imagine if Karen Carpenter had lived long enough to tackle some serious jazz material. It’s an incredible coupling of talent and quality that keeps this disc in the CD player play after play.

    - American Reporter

  • An artist who interprets "The American Songbook" with sensitivity, bearing the mature articulation and improvisational skills that come with years of experience, focus and dedication, may be a rare find for music lovers in the future. Imagine!

    - The Green Mountain Jazz Messenger

  • Her repertory takes us through the realms of thoughtful jazz and into pure inventiveness, but always with a musicality and richness of feeling that carries deep respect for the nature of the text and its meaning. To hear her is an expedition into lyricism.

    - Peter Davison, American Poet (1928-2004)

  • Listeners preferring pyrotechnics to subtlety will not much care for this release, but those who admire nuance will revel in this masterful recording by Maggie Galloway.

    - Benjamin Franklin V

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