How lucky we are! Super song stylist Rebecca Kilgore is now recording with comparative regularity. Moments Like This
is her 5th release in a little more than two years. Some of these have been under her name, on others she guests. But the result is the same, hearing more of one of the most scintillating jazz singers on today's scene. This album is the first she has cut with her trio which she regularly performs with at jazz venues in and around her home base, Portland Oregon. Added to the crew is bassist Scott Steed, whose credits include working with Kitty Margolis and Mark Murphy.
Kilgore continues her journey through the book of romantic standards and traditional pop material. Also on the program are some not too often heard pieces like Dave Brubeck's wistful "Summer Song", Xavier Cugat's Latin favorite "Miami Beach Rhumba" and Don George's questioning "Tulip or Turnip". Kilgore's voice is not one of the strongest (loudest) in the business preferring a delicate, light approach to each of the tunes she performs. Nonetheless, whether they be ballad, up tempo swinger, or a tune with a Brazilian beat, she delivers them with absolute authenticity and authority. This earns her a spot high on that list of singers who, even though they occasionally employ a vocal gambit like scatting, made their name on the basis of their straightforward way with a tune. Among the notables on this list are Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Sloane, Helen Merrill, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, June Christy and yes, Doris Day. For this session, Kilgore applies her unique brand of vocal commentary to songs favored by her high priestesses of song colleagues. "I Told Ya I Love Ya (Now Get Out)" is from Anita O'Day. The upbeat "This Can't Be Love" recalls Fitzgerald's version from her Rodgers and Hart songbook. "Moments Like This" was favored by Peggy Lee and "Tulip or Turnip" by Carol Sloane.
The support by her trio is admirable. They excel whether it be in shaping the musical framework for Kilgore's vocalizing or by the many opportunities she gives them to solo. One prime example of the latter is "You're My Everything", a vehicle for Randy Porter's groovy piano and offering very fancy bass playing by Scott Steed. Neil Masson's drums go a beyond keeping time with some creative stick handling. This is another triumph for Ms Kilgore and is highly recommended. Visit Rebecca at her home page at http://www.rebeccakilgore.com.
Tracks:I Hear Music; Dream; Oh! You Crazy Moon; You're My Everything; (Where Are You?) Now That I Need You; Miami Beach Rhumba; Moments Like This; Summer Song; Summer Night; The Day I Found You; Tulip or Turnip; My Kind of Trouble Is You; You Say You Care; Social Call; I Told Ya I Love Ya (Now Get Out); This Can't Be Love