Livia Devereux's Night Winds Whisper
(Self Produced, 2010) sported a very jazzy "Walking After Midnight"
, proving that well-written music can survive in any genre climate. Patty Cronheim proves the same on Days Like These
, a disc also populated with lesser-known standards and forays outside of the typical jazz realm. Stevie Wonder
's "Superstition" is given a smooth, hard bop treatment in place of its original funk-inspired strut. Cronheim's silky low alto divines the supernatural essence of the song. Greg Wall
's tenor saxophone and Clifford Adams
' trombone recall the plush sound of The Jazz Messengers
circa 1961, employing trombonist Curtis Fuller
and tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter
. Cronheim transcends mere blues to cast this popular song in a firm "Moondance" vibe; with its walking bass and intricate horn filigree, it's clear that Cronheim has been listening to a lot of Van Morrison
Personnel: Patty Cronheim: vocals; Aaron Weiman: piano and Rhodes; Brian
Glassman: bass; Corey Rawls: drums; Greg Wall: tenor and soprano sax;
Clifford Adams: trombone.