...with special guest Rufus Reid Rita Selby | composition, lyrics and voice: tracks 1-12 | piano, 9 | whistle, 12 Peter Bernstein | electric guitar | tracks 6, 8, 9 Freddie Bryant | acoustic guitar | tracks 1, 5, 7, 10, 11 Anton Denner | alto sax | track 1 Peter Brainin | tenor sax, tracks 2, 3, 4, 10 | flute, 12 Matt King | piano | tracks 1-5, 7, 8, 10-12 Andy Eulau | double bass | tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 11 Rufus Reid | double bass | tracks 6 & 9 Doug Weiss | double bass | tracks 2, 4, 8, 12 Pete McDonald | drums | tracks 1-12 Frank D. Fagnano | Engineering, mix, mastering Produced by Rita Selby | (c) The Snee Music Co. (BMI) All Rights Reserved. Recorded at Bennett Studios | Englewood, NJ Rita Selby: On Earth by Czékus Mihály September 21, 2008 (translated from the original Hungarian text) The prominent American jazz critic, Gene Kalbacher, simply called Rita Selby the young Ella Fitzgerald. Anyone listening to the New York-based singer's album entitled 'On Earth' will be convinced of the fact that the American critic's statement was not groundless. Rita Selby was raised in New Jersey and she took her first piano lessons from her grandmother, then she became the pupil of Leontine Bodenlosz Geib. It was at the age of seven that she faced her first challenge by taking part in the first piano competition in her life. Subsequently her masters were Gary Kirkpatrick and Peter Serkin. She earned her degree in piano performance and voice at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Selby feels at home both in classical music and jazz. She has taken part in numerous orchestral formations from Wayne Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra to the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. When asked about her role model she always mentions Ella Fitzgerald first. However, answering the question about the performers influencing her music she outlines a very wide range from Bach to Chopin, from Barbra Streisand to Dinah Washington, and from Miles Davis to Astrud Gilberto. Nowadays her interest has shifted towards jazz. Her excellent qualities as performer are proven by the fact that she is a permanent performer at the most famous jazz clubs of New York from Chez Suzette through Birdland to Sweet Rhythm and The Cornelia Street Café. On her album entitled On Earth which features 12 of her own compositions, Selby does not only sing and play the piano, but also performs the producer's tasks. It is easy to warm up to the album due to it's soft and pleasant sound. There is definitely something enchanting in it (the best examples are the Latinish Rain at Midnight and Anything at All, which reminds one of Astrud Gilberto a little, but not sleep-inducing at all). The atmosphere created by Selby is able to make us believe that it is evening and we are sitting on the terrace of an elite restaurant at the top of a New York skyscraper. Sitting in a comfortable chair with a glass of fine drink in our hands after a delicious dinner we enjoy listening to the high quality music of the ensemble. Compositions such as Romance, Meaning of Life, Good Morning Love and Sunshine let us indulge in this dream in a manner of abandonment. . . The harmony between Selby and her musicians is free from any affectation. They cooperate wonderfully in creating this fascinating and dreamlike production. _________________________________________________________________________________________ ON EARTH All music & lyrics written by Rita Selby Rita Selby | voice, tracks 1-12 | piano, 9 | whistle, 12 Peter Bernstein | electric guitar | tracks 6, 8, 9 Freddie Bryant | acoustic guitar | tracks 1, 5, 7, 10, 11 Anton Denner | alto sax | track 1 Peter Brainin | tenor sax, tracks 2, 3, 4, 10 | flute, 12 Matt King | piano | tracks 1-5, 7, 8, 10-12 Andy Eulau | double bass | tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 11 Rufus Reid | double bass | tracks 6 & 9 Doug Weiss | double bass | tracks 2, 4, 8, 12 Pete McDonald | drums | tracks 1-12 Produced by Rita Selby | (c) The Snee Music Co. (BMI) All Rights Reserved. Engineered, mixed, mastered by Frank D. Fagnano Recorded at Bennett Studios | Englewood, NJ.