Joy Bellis: Coming Alive (2006)
Bellis' choice of material and overall enthusiasm raise this album above the ordinary. The well-chosen set list avoids most of the usual tunes which should be considered ripe for retirement.
The de rigeur up-tempo version of Frank Loesser's "Never Will I Marry" works out fine. It seems to me that Anthony Perkins, the singer/actor in the original Broadway production, was the only one who sang this as a ballad. Jobim's beautiful first-generation bossa love song "Bonita" is hardly on anyone's lips anymore. Bobby Troup's "The Meaning of the Blues" will bring a smile to anyone who has heard the Carmen McRae or Miles Davis/Gil Evans version.
Lyrics by Mike Ferro for Thelonious Monk's "Well,You Needn't" give Bellis a good opportunity to demonstrate her jazz vocal chops, and the Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley 1960s show tune "Look At That Face" has now been rescued from oblivion. The album ends with two Edu Lobo compositions: "For Me," which was a big pop hit for Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66; and "To Say Goodbye."
Track Listing: Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (My Baby); Baby One More Time; All The Way; Never Will I Marry; Bonita; Look At That Face; It'sw Over Now(Well;You Needn't); Time After Time; Out Of This World; The Meaning Of The Blues; Sugar; To Say Goodby (Pra Dizer Adeus).
Personnel: Joy Bellis: vocals; David Epstein: piano; Robert Sabin: bass; Jeff Davis: drums; Doug Hinrichs: percussion.
Record Label: White Butterfly