Louise Rogers: Come Ready and See Me (2007)
Together with Strong, she sets poet Nikki Giovanni's "Be My Baby to music, sounding very hip, initially backed solely by Kunzli's hand percussion, with the bassist making a delayed entrance. She co-wrote lyrics for Mike Mainieri's Latin-flavored "Islands, scatting up a storm and discretely overdubbing a backing line at one point. Her haunting lyrics to Jerry Bergonzi's moody "Conjunction provide a ray of hope, with Fries and Stoger adding powerful solos. Rogers penned the subtle bossa nova "Shadows of Yesterday on her own, and Stoger contributes the challenging "Poet Song.
Rogers is equally at home with standards like "The Song is You (with Stoger guesting on soprano sax) and Richard Whiting's forgotten gem "Louise, a playful duet with Strong. Her choice of the traditional Celtic song "Lass From the Low Countree provides a poignant closing number, a moving duet with Strong on electric bass.
Track Listing: Be My Baby; Islands; Conjunction; Come Ready and See Me; Shadows of Yesterday; The Song is You; Poetic Song; Louise; Lass From the Low Countree.
Personnel: Louise Rogers: vocals; Rick Strong: bass, electric bass; Matthew Fries: piano; Mathias Kunzli: percussion, drums; Paul Meyers: electric guitar; Gottfried Stoger: alto saxophone.
Record Label: Rilo Records