Real partnerships can be many things, including fragile and elusive. This musical partnership was for me inspiring, supportive, satisfying, equitable, fun, and challenging in a very positive way. It began with curiosity. For ages I'd been wondering about the combination of my vocals with the sound of the guitar, an instrument I've always loved. Howard had been curious about the blend of his guitar's sound with a singer's. Thanks to our mutual friend, singer/musician Roy Bailey, we arranged a "let's see what happens" session. We each prepared a long list of favorite tunes, and together made another list comprised of all the songs we found we both liked. On the list were songs we'd been performing for years, some we'd done only once or twice, and some that were totally new to each of our repertoires. Then we tried the first tune. Felt real nice to me: totally loved his guitar's big rich, warm, smooth sound, and Howard's skillful playing; plenty of room to come in where and how I felt comfortable; lots of chords matching my take on the tune; imaginative riffs inducing me to try some of my own. After recording a tune to see if we liked what we heard (attempting to be as objective as possible), we kept going. We hope you like it. Joyce Reviewing Joyce's solo performance during an early Barry Harris Jazz Workshop concert at NYC's Symphony Space, Village Voice music critic Stanley Crouch lauded her "...great beat and phrasing." Joyce spent the interim time working and growing. Referring to Joyce's jazz vocals and Turkish classics in nightly shows during a 6-month stint at Istanbul's Yesil Cabaret, the Turkish daily paper, Hurriyet, described her as the popular club's "black bombshell imported asset."
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