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It started during a sing-along in the family car; little Patty Cronheim broke into harmony. The seed was planted, and now the vocalist is in full bloom. Drawing from a variety of influences in pop, jazz, blues and South American styles, Cronheim has released her first recording as a leader, Days Like These.
's "Superstition," where Cronheim employs some subtle inflections as she shifts from verse to chorus. After the final verse, Cronheim and band build intensity before closing this selection.
Although Cronheim does dip into The Great American Songbook, it's refreshing that the session is comprised mostly of original songs. At times, it seems is if every up-and-coming artist must do songs like "Summertime" and "Bye, Bye Blackbird." But Cronheim's treatment of "Superstition" takes a few, bold steps off the beaten path. And the fact that she does it with an arrangement by Rawls keeps it fresh, and helps set Days Like These apart from typical vocal debut recordings.
Track Listing: Estando Aqui; Stella by Sunlight; Don't Work Anymore; Summertime; Superstition; Doggone Blues; I Feel the Heat; Made for Love; Days Like These; Bye Bye Blackbird.
Personnel: Patty Cronheim: vocals; Aaron Weiman: piano and Rhodes; Brian Glassman: bass; Corey Rawls: drums; Greg Wall: tenor and soprano sax; Clifford Adams: trombone; Audrey Welber: alto sax (4, 6).
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