Devorah Day/Dominic Duval: Standard (2004)
Standard finds her in the illustrious company of Dominic Duval, one of jazz's most important bassists, and their duet is an inspired pairing. Day and Duval match their gifts to a wide range of standards, as well as Day's composition "Come Closer" and an improvisation entitled "Four Dees." Day dives deep into the poignancy of "Good Morning, Heartache," "Yesterday," and "When Sunny Gets Blue," and she gives a unique interpretation to "Them There Eyes," "Just One of Those Things," and "Ain't Misbehavin'." Day's fractured cohesion and strong fragility invest the songs with a thoroughly modern sensibility, and Duval's subtle bass gives Day both the background and space needed to make the songs her own.
It's also quite impressive that Standard was recorded in CIMP's legendary Spirit Room, live to two tracks with no alteration whatsoever. At this point the label has 200 releases to its credit, forming a veritable library of improvised music. Standard proves once again that you can't pigeonhole CIMP, which might be one of the last labels expected to release a CD with songs by Cole Porter and Lennon/McCartney. But CIMP prides itself on standing out of the artist's way, and happily they gave Day all the freedom she needed. Like Thelonious Monk, standards provide Day with a perfect jumping off point, a means to give full range to her unique conception and artistry.
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Personnel: Devorah Day: voice; Dominic Duval: bass.
Record Label: CIMP Records