Tish Oney: Sweet Youth (2011)
Special attention should also go to guitarist John Chiodini who, in the absence of any other instruments, wonderfully fills the role of both rhythm section and soloist. On songs like "Year Round Blues," the combination of improvised and prearranged interplay between the duo is effective and suggests an established level of comfort not always evident between a singer and accompanist. Other worthy highlights include the lyrical additions to "Alice in Wonderland" and the challenging tempo of "It Might As Well Be Spring," from Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Oney puts a strong stamp of identity on Sweet Youth by not only singing throughout, but by writing more than half of the material, and producing the album. On each of those levels Oney has excelled to deliver a CD that stands clearly above the fray of independent releases and will serve her well as she further develops a deserved national reputation.
Track Listing: 'Tis Autumn; September in the Rain; Year Round Blues; Sweet Youth; Hidden Soul; Alice in Wonderland; I Want You; Autumn Nocturne; Waltz for Ellie; In the Back of My Mind; Lonely Evening; It Might As Well Be Spring; Ask, Seek, Knock.
Personnel: Tish Oney: vocals; John Chiodini: guitars.
Record Label: Bluejazz