33 (Justin Times Records)

Alex Pangman

Released April 12, 2011

JAZZ FM 20 Best Jazz Albums of the 2010s






In Alex’s own words, “as a longtime devotee of music from the classic genre I find something of a kinship with the music that buoyed nations through the “dirty thirties”… The initial concept of this record was to honor that kind of spirit with songs popular in 1933, recorded while I was 33.”  Along with her longtime band the ‘Alleycats’ – the music is presented with all the love, fun and respect it deserves.  The late, great Jeff Healey (who produced her first two recordings) called Alex “the greatest current exponent of the classic American Song.”  Pangman makes music of the past captivatingly present with her persuasive and infectious charm.    

Track Listing:

1. I Found a New Baby (Jack Palmer / Spencer Williams) 02:23

2. Ain’t Cha’ Glad? (Andy Razaf / Thomas Waller) 03:20

3. A Hundred Years from Today (Ned Washington / Joseph Young / Victor Young) 03:24

4. Thanks (Phil Coulter / Bill Martin) 03:22

5. Honeysuckle Rose (Andy Razaf / Fats Waller) 03:04

6. Happy As the Day is Long (Harold Arlen / Ted Koehler) 02:21

7. Shine (Lew Brown / Ford T. Dabney) 03:14

8. I Surrender Dear (H. Barris) 04:08

9. As Lovely Lovers Do (Alex Pangman) 03:26

10. Hummin’ to Myself (Sammy Fain / Herbert Magidson / Monty Siegel) 03:26

11. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me (Sammy Fain / Irving Kahal / Pierre Norman) 03:26


Alex Pangman: vocals

& Her Alleycats

Kevin Clark: trumpet

Drew Jurecka: violin, alto saxophone

Ross Wooldridge: clarinet, tenor saxophone

Peter Hill: piano

Jesse Barksdale: guitar

Chris Banks: bass

Terry Wilkins: bass

Cheong Liu: bass

Chris Lamonr: drums

Ron Sexsmith: vocals (8)

Denzal Sinclaire: vocals (11)

Recorded April, 2010, at Rooster Studio, Toronto, CA and Reaction Studio, Toronto, CA (11)

Produced by Alex Pangman & Don Kerr

Executive Producer: Cynthia Fess

Mastered by Andy Krehm

Photography by Steve Payne


Toronto’s Alex Pangman has many great albums, but the most essential one is her 2011 album 33. This is the vocalist’s fifth recording, and it’s the first she made after her (first) double-lung transplant in 2008. At 33 years of age, she picked a selection of songs all from the year 1933. It’s a great concept, and this recording pulls it off. Peter Hill, Drew Jurecka, Ross Wooldridge and the rest of her Alleycats each have their moment in the spotlight. Standout tracks include I Found a New Baby and I Surrender Dear, the latter featuring guest vocalist Ron Sexsmith.

Jaymz Bee (JAZZ.FM91)