Soundbrush Records and Carol Fredette
has long established herself as one of the favorite singers of Gotham's leading musicians. Whether it be performing big band charts with the likes of Sal Salvador, Neal Hefti and Larry Elgart or intimate group shows with such notables as Ron Carter, Steve Kuhn, Mel Lewis and John Scofield, when the gig is over the bandstand is always buzzing with awesome praise for her from the musicians. Versatility is a tired word among music writers but it must be employed when alluding to Fredette's vast Brazilian repertoire and her enormous success recording the hip humor of Dave Frishberg and Bob Dorough. This great breadth of conquests is one of the reasons Fredette has become one of Gotham's leading teachers of vocal musical aspirants.
, Helio Alves, Barry Danielian, Bob Malach, and Leonardo Amuedo, the intriguing arrangements of David Finck and the deliberate care in choosing material have launched Carol Fredette to a new plateau in recording.
So we have an adventurous new record company and a veteran chanteuse paired in a new release Everything In Time and the result is wondrous. The producing efforts of Roger Davidson, the musical accompaniment of exciting musicians such as Victor Lewis
From the torrid opener (Dorough's "Without Rhyme or Reason") to standards such as Porter's "Dream Dancing" and Kern's "The Way You Look Tonight" to Brazilian classics such as Jobim's "Vivo Sonhando" to Kenny Loggins' "Wait A Little While" Fredette gives listeners a lesson in the art of performing a comprehensive repertoire.
All of the elements are therepoetic phrasing, emotional intensity, and sheer musicality.
Happy New Year to Carol Fredette and a hearty salute to Soundbrush records.