Down Beat - p.814 stars out of 5
-- "Her powerful, finely nuanced voice freely rephrases melodies like Sarah Vaughan and dynamically reshapes phrases like Nnenna Freelon to envelop listeners in sparkling fantasias."
JazzTimes - p.83
"YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC confirms Ryan's status as one of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation and, quite possibly, of all time."
Personnel: Jackie Ryan (vocals); Jackie Ryan; Christoph Luty (bass instrument); Jeff Hamilton (drums, drum); Larry Koonse (guitar); Carol Robbins (harp); Red Holloway (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Tamir Hendelman (piano).
Audio Mixers: Geoff Gillette; Yutaka Yokokura.
Liner Note Author: Bob Perkins.
Recording information: Entourage Studios, Hollywood, CA (04/17/2006/04/18/2006).
Authors: Jackie Ryan; Andrew Gilbert ; Don Heckman.
Photographers: Jackie Ryan; John Ballard.
Arrangers: Jackie Ryan; Tamir Hendelman; Liz Kinnon.
Jackie Ryan is a talented jazz singer who has a strong, attractive voice and a subtle improvising style. On her third recording, she is heard in prime form interacting with the great tenor saxophonist Red Holloway (who is on five of the 14 selections) and some of Los Angeles' top musicians. The instrumentation changes from track to track with Ryan excelling on tender duets with harpist Carol Robbins ("You Are There") and guitarist Larry Koonse ("While We're Young"). She swings hard on "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," puts plenty of feeling into "Besame Mucho" and sounds joyful on "I Just Found out About Love." No matter the setting or the mood expressed, Ryan shows that she is a force to be reckoned with. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow