Ya Ya Fornier: Bearcat (2003)
Not completely her recording, Fornier strolls while the tenorist devotes his best David Murray-Ben Webster hybrid sound to Jimmy Heath’s "Voice of the Saxophone." Also featured is Jordan’s protégé, alto saxophonist Sue Terry. Ms. Fornier and friends delightfully deconstruct Ellington’s "I Don’t Get Around Much Any More," lifting the melody deftly from its established rhythm and thereby setting it free.
Murray provides two originals, the gospel-laden "Live The Life" and the bluesy "When Monarchs Come to Town." Pianists Craig Taborn and Rod Williams provide sensitive accompaniment and support, as does the entire rhythm section. Ms. Fornier’s voice is beautiful; we should be glad that she is no longer hiding it under a basket.
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Track Listing: Bearcat; Voice Of The Saxophone; I Don
Personnel: Ya Ya Fornier
Record Label: Random Chance Records