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Fi The Magazine of Music & Sound
March 1996
New Female Jazz Vocalists
By Gene Seymour

If fame and glory were commensurate with influence, then given her reputation as a voice teacher Dominique Eade surely deserves to be more famous than she is. Her impact was made apparent two years ago at the Thelonious Monk Competition for Vocals in which three of the eleven finalists, including the eventual winner, Sara Lazarus, were her students. Eade herself studied with pianist-composer Ran Blake at the New England Conservatory of Music, and she seems to have absorbed some of Blake's tonal impressionism and thematic daring.

She also shares with Jannah a robust, devil-may-care relationship with rhythm. On My Resistance is Low [Accurate], her second album, Eade fires the afterburners on "The Tender Trap," known and loved as one of those loping, ring-a-ding swingers custom-made for Sinatra by Jimmy van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. When you drive anything as fast as she does here, you had better be centered. Eade doesn't skid or slide once. She can also swing low and lush as on the Hoagy Carmichael-composed title track and "Just Another Blues," which, like the title track for her first album The Ruby and the Pearl [Accurate], was one of Nat King Cole's lesser-known efforts. She brings passion, intelligence, and a zesty sense of discovery to both standards and to her own compositions. ("Out in the Stars" from Resistance and "New Waltz" from Ruby and the Pearl are small marvels of thematic and harmonic sophistication.) After just two albums, a case can be made for Dominique Eade being the best jazz singer anyone's hardly heard of.

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