The singer dabbles in all the important vocal categories associated, albeit sometimes loosely, with jazz, except for the blues. There's cabaret, Vocalese and straight ahead singing and in all cases, tasteful and good-natured. While there's plenty of expressiveness in the presentation there's no attempt to confuse matters by scatting, swooping or the like. Mann comes from that school of singers who have great respect for composers whose lyrics they borrow to make their own for a short time. The trio on the set is as about as perfectly attuned to the singer as possible. Especially supportive is the piano of Tedd Firth taking an accompanist's line reminiscent of Jimmy Rowles. This is a fine maiden effort and is recommended. This CD can be obtained by e-mailing Mann at the above or through All Music Services at Michael@allmusicservices.com.
Track Listing: There Are Days When I Don't Think of You at All; You Came a Long Way from St. Louis; When October Goes; Dearly Beloved/Clearly Beloved; The Gypsy in My Soul; Not Exactly Paris; The Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish; The Real Thing; Too Old to Die Young; Winter Warm; Oh, Look at Me Now/But Now Look at Me; A Quiet Little Table in the Corner; Stompin' at the Savoy/Tuxedo Junction; Four
Personnel: Trudi Mann - Vocals; Tedd Firth - Piano; Saadi Zain - Bass; Sunny Jain - Drums
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