Livia Devereux: Night Winds Whisper (2010)
"You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" is buoyed by some horn background figures and the band kicks into a double time feel behind trumpeter John Walsh's solo. "Tonight"with finger snaps and some supportive bass accompanimenttakes on a different tone than usual. The tense excitement that normally helps drive this song is absent here, but Devereux follows this perfomance up with a stunning take on "Welcome To My Love." Rosino Serrano's classy string arrangement is like a bed of clouds and pianist Robin Pitre adds just the right amount of romantic drama to this ballad. An uncredited string line moves against Cion's piano work during the introduction on "I Don't Hurt Anymore," but the focus shifts to Devereux. Trombonist Chris Washburne is an asset here, adding a good deal to this performance.
Serrano succeeds with another string arrangement on "Never Let Me Go"making a few players sound as rich as a full orchestraand the rhythm section creates the perfect feel. Devereux, unfortunately, seems to push a little too much here but she's back on her A-game for "You've Changed." Bassist Phil Palombi is the glue that holds this one together and his soloingwhich matches the mood that Devereux sets upis a real treat. "Come Rain Or Come Shine" ends the program and, though the rhythm section never really hits their stride, Cion gets a little solo space and keeps things interesting. In the end, Night Winds Whisper goes well beyond the muted tone of the title, giving Livia Devereux a chance to show off her vocal prowess through passionate renderings of Great American Songbook material.
Track Listing: Walkin' After Midnight; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Tonight; Welcome To My Love; I Don't Hurt Anymore; Never Let Me Go; You've Changed; Come Rain Or Come Shine.
Personnel: Livia Devereux: vocals; Sarah Jane Cion: piano (1-3, 5, 7, 8); Phil Palombi: bass (1-3, 5, 7, 8); Kirk Devereux: drums (1-3, 5, 7, 8); Ole Mathisen: tenor saxophone (1, 2); Chris Washburne: trombone (2, 5); John Walsh: trumpet (2); Robin Pitre: piano (4, 6); Sami Merdinian: violin (4, 6); Sergio R. Reyes: violin (4, 6); Mark Holloway: viola (4, 6); Jisoo Ok: cello (4, 6); Brian McCormick: guitar (6); Michael Goetz: bass (6).
Record Label: Self Produced