HUNGRY GIRL - LINER NOTES Margie Nelson is a very talented singer who is finally stepping out. Throughout Hungry Girl, she displays a real understanding for the words she sings, versatility, a solid sense of swing, and a very appealing voice. A resident of Santa Barbara for the past 15 years, Margie considers herself a late bloomer. She evolved from performance workshops to showcases, from performing with the Swizzle Sisters (ranging from girl group material to jazz and even country) to forming her own group and singing jazz in clubs. A mellow and sultry singer with a winning personality, Margie considers Anita O'Day to be one of her idols yet sounds very much like herself. For Hungry Girl, Margie enlisted performers who are well respected not only for their musicianship and creativity but their ability to perform with singers. Pianist Christian Jacob and bassist Kevin Axt are longtime members of the Tierney Sutton band while keyboardist Quinn Johnson and drummer Kevin Winard (who is the CD's producer) are in Steve Tyrell's regular working band with Johnson being his music director. Saxophonist Matt Catingub (who often sings on his own albums) is a welcome guest while Stephen Geyer has a prominent role on the wonderful bossa nova "If You Never Come To Me" as guitarist and arranger. One cannot help but be very impressed by Margie's singing, the musicians' sympathetic playing, and the material which is given inventive frameworks. It is rare when one gets to hear such songs as Bobby Troup's "Hungry Girl" (with it's line "when I want turkey, I go to Albuquerque"), "How Come" (given a Louis Prima-type rendition with some wailing Catingub alto), the masochistic love song "I Love The Way You're Breaking My Heart," Joni Mitchell's "Be Cool," and "I Need You (Like A Hole In The Head)," which was inspired by Pearl Bailey's obscure but lively version. Even when a song is better known, such as "An Occasional Man," "The Best Is Yet To Come," a cooking "Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own" (which has Margie singing a rollicking duet with Kevin Winard), or "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me," these versions contain their share of surprises. Not to be missed are a heartfelt vocal-piano duet with Jacob on "Where Do You Start" and a classic ballad rendition of "Don't Go To Strangers" in which Margie's voice interacts with Catingub's warm tenor. Hungry Girl is both a very impressive debut for Margie Nelson, and the type of CD that fans of vocal jazz will thoroughly enjoy and treasure. Scott Yanow, Author of ten books including The Jazz Singers, Swing, Jazz On Film, and Jazz On Record 1917-76 Kudos for Hungry Girl CD! 'Even though she is a singer with lot of experience Hungry Girl is Margie Nelson's debut album. A singer with a sultry voice, Margie can be funny, classy and romantic. Impossible to listen to the lyrics of the song Hungry Girl without smiling. One line of the song says 'Rachael Ray has nothing on me' which is an obvious reference to Food Network star Rachael Ray. Margie's sweetness in 'I Love the Way You're Breaking My Heart,' is an example of her romantic side. And her Latin side can be heard in the song, 'An Occasional Man', with flavors of the Caribbean and the Rhodes giving the music a 70's feel. Always good to hear a Jobim song, this time 'If You Never Come To Me', the English version of 'Inutil Paissagem.' Margie is wonderful singing ballads like Where Do You Start?' and 'Don't Go To Strangers', on this last one Matt Catingub on sax helps in creating the romantic feeling with a good Lester young like solo. Margie enjoys singing lyrics with a sense of humor like 'I Need Ya (Like I Need a Hole in the Head). The title says it all. Hungry Girl is a good debut album full of blues, fun, romance and great music.' Wilbert Sostre, JazzTimes 12/18/10. Peter Merrett, PBS FM 106.7 Melbourne Australia: 'Your CD 'Hungry Girl' has a wonderful, fun loving, at times zany interpretation of Jazz and l feel that this is the endearing quality. To be original in this day and age is extremely difficult but you have most definitely have achieved that with this stunningly produced and orchestrated CD. Your phrasing is first class and sets the tone for the entire CD whether it be straight ahead or Latin Jazz inspired numbers. Love this release and positively expect our listeners to do so as well.' Rob Scott in Sydney, Australia: 'I present 'Midday Jazz' on Sydney's 88.5 FM (2 RRR FM) every Thursday from 1200 til 1400. Your CD is brilliant. I really enjoyed every track & I will certainly be playing more from it in the months ahead.' Carole Hayes: Shoalhaven FM NSW, Australia: I love your CD, especially, 'Where Do You Start'. I look forward to playing it on my program for the radio listeners on the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales.' Bob Collins/Jazz Producer/WRHU (NYC) 'Just received Hungry Girl - homerun - out of the park!' Raul Rico, JazzLatino Radio Show KCLU FM 88.3 Ventura, 102.3 Santa Barbara County 'First of all, congratulations on a wonderful recording. I'm looking forward to playing your music on my show.' Martin Smith, Radio Seagull, UK: 'A fantastic CD! Every track deserves praise! Already featured in my programmes!' Pascal Dorban, Radio ARA, Luxembourg: 'Interesting vocal CD with a nice voice flowing into your ears.' Alex Pijnen, BRTO Radio, The Netherlands: 'Fantastic Album. Great stuff for our Radio Station.' Andy Doerr, Host, Roadtunes, KCSB, Santa Barbara: 'Your CD arrived yesterday. Wow! It's REALLY nice. I do hope you can come on my show sometime with at least some of your band. I'll also try and come out and see you when you perform locally and or course give the CD airplay ASAP.' Mitchell Mendys, WKNH, New Hampshire: Great CD! Love the title track especially, I'm playing it a lot on my Jazz show. Thanks! Jan Nederveen, Radio 794, The Netherlands: 'Very special that Margie Nelson has now her debut album after so many years of singing. Of course she has experience. And you can hear that very well. Another great thing about this CD is, that she doesn't forget the uptempo songs. On many vocal jazz CD's you will hear only ballads or perhaps one or two midtempo songs. That can make this albums a little but boring. But not this. Also she sings the ballads very well. But I like more the uptempo songs. This time I play the tittle track "Hungry girl". Hungry for more beautiful music.'