Steve Shapiro & Pat Bergeson featuring Annie Sellick: Early




Steve Shapiro (vibes) and Pat Bergeson (guitar)


Backward Compatible (Apria 139326)

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Steve Shapiro (vibes), Pat Bergeson (guitar), Annie Sellick (vocals),

Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas (backing vocals), Scott Kreitzer (tenor & soprano saxes), Marc Johnson (bass), Clint DeGanon (drums)


Composed by Pat Bergeson & Annie Sellick


Recorded: Westchester, NY and Nashville, TN


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

OK, I admit it, I'm a sucker for a romantic story. The draw is even greater when delivered by an attractive voice. So here we have Annie Sellick presenting a story of lost innocence, followed by a wistful look back at what might have been. Pat Bergeson's guitar figures provide a harmonic bed for Sellick's vocals. What sets "Early" apart is the arrival of Steve Shapiro's vibraphone solo. While we've heard many saxophone solos in a context like this (and we do have that here), the vibes add a very satisfying emotional element.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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