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Doris Spears: Press

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"Doris Spears is the name. Remember it. Once You hear her, you won't forget the sound, and her powerful, but warm testament of Jazz, Blues, Ballads, and whatever else she's more than qualified to musically deliver."
Trenton-based singer Doris Spears proves to be a sultry hand full. The vocalist, who was hired by Lionel Hampton and iconic Chicago saxophonist Von Freeman back in the day, ranges from lusty to downright reverential on this release by the Philly-based Dreambox label.
A talented group of sidemen accompany her, including drummer Cecil Brooks 3d, saxophonist David Murray and vibraphonist Steve Nelson.
But Spears is the focal point, showing a jaunty step on Steve Allen's "This Could Be the Start of Something Big." She lets out the beast in a rocking country way on a horn-laden original, "Ode to a Whore." And she could be in church for the anthem-like "To My Friends and Family."
The session is pretty conventional R&B with Jazz licks tossed in. But Spears doesn't need tricks to show her stuff.
"Though she's best known as a Jazz Singer, hard-core blues fans also find a great deal to enjoy in her work. In addition to having a memorable voice, she really knows howto charm an audience."
"Doris Spears and a stiff drink!" Response to the "Nitelife" reporter's question to a Zanzibar Blue patron about what music makes a great preface to his evening.
Jazz "Nitelife" Reporter - Philadelphia Inquirer
Jazz & Juke Joints is an apt description for this fine set from Doris Spears who mixes the irresistible swing of classy Jazz standards with the low down and and often wonderfully 'dirty' blues.
Her credentials are impeccable having worked with luminaries running the gamut from Lionel Hampton to Abby Lincon and it shows. Numbers like "Deed I Do" where Steve Nelson contributes outstanding vibes; Spears' exquisite tone and phrasing is also enhanced by David Braham's cascading piano on the classy "Everthing Happens to Me" and the mellow and smokey "Spellbound" (she penned the lyrics) are prime examples of her imperious command of this genre.
Spears becomes a sexual predator when singing the Blues. The double entendre on "Jack of all Trades" leaves nothing to the imagination as she copulates with Dan Rios gutbucket guitar; whilst strutting her stuff on the funky "Ode to a Whore."
In between the listener is treated to the broodingly soulful "Stolen Kisses" where she conjures up the image of both Odetta and Nina Simone; whilst on "Cried My Last Tear" she sounds uncannily like a soul infused Ketty Lester-her vocals and John Korba's dramatic piano, raising the spectre of the classic "Love Letters."
Mick Rainsford - Blues in Britain (Jan 2, 2006)
"Jazz Duchess Doris Spears honed her vocal skills with some of the brightest legends in Jazz, starting with Lionel Hampton and later on to Von Freeman, Abby Lincoln, Jack MacDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland, Houston Person, Ted Curson and others; all a testament to the industry's recognition of her talent."
Curt Yeske/Trenton Jazz Festival - Trenton Times (Aug 1, 1997)
"Vocalist Doris Spears comes on like gangbusters with "Evil Gal Blues" then switches gears becoming an even tempered chanteuse. Her smooth ballad singing hides the textures her opening tune exposes and makes you yearn for more Blues. But she cranks it up again on "Stormy Weather and a sultry "Day by Day."
Sunsh Stein-Review of "The Duchess" - Jazztimes Mag (Apr 16, 1998)
"Every so often I enjoy taking time to check those sites highlighting Artists from the Blues genre. One Artist who captured my immediate attention was Jazz/Blues Artist Doris Spears. After listening to a few sample tracks of her latest release, I just sat back and said "Wow!" I was totally moved by her incredible vocal talent, especially her charismatic, persuasive style on each of the tracks. Spears, delivers a sassy, soulful performance throughout with a natural ease of storytelling that's smooth as silk."