Deborah Brown: International Incident (2003)
On International Incident,, Brown takes on two Johnny Griffincompositions ("Take My Hand" and "Make Up You Mind"), Thad Jones' "A Child is Born," and Pat Metheny's "Always and Forever." These are certainly not your typical standards, but Brown and her crack band make their performance sound easy and very enjoyable.
All the songs on the disc were originally instrumentals that later had lyrics applied. Some are delivered in a typical vocalese fashion ("Make Up Your Mind"), navigating Griffin's craggy lines, while others sound down right novel, as in the lengthy "Western Ballad."
"Western Ballad" is centered on the rhythm section with horn filigree. It is a beautiful treatment. Brown's able band never gets in the way but does exist on an equal footing with the singer. All solos are well constructed and intelligent, no sloppiness here. This group of professionals came to do what they know bestplay.
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Track Listing: Take My Hand; Lonely Woman; Silver Blues; Make Up Your Mind; Western Ballad; Danse Du Petite Geant; For The Time Being; A Child Is Born; Atonal; What Comes Up; Always And Forever; For The Time Being.
Personnel: Deborah Brown: vocals, piano; Zbigniew Namyslowski: alto and sopranino saxophone; Nicolai Panov: tenor and soprano saxophone; Mikael Raberg: trombone; Bert Joris: trumpet, flugelhorn; Ernst Reijseger: cello; Herve Sellin: piano; Hein Van De Geijn: bass; Keith Copeland: drums; Chris Joris: percussion..