Ellen Robinson: Don't Wait Too Long (2013)
Her very successful modus operandi lies in her respect for melody and her far-reaching embrace of American song. This particular recital, supported by an empathic trio with saxophone, addresses songs on the edge of standards. Save for "Almost Like Being in Love," "You Must Believe in Spring" and "But Beautiful," the songs are off the beaten path. These are all songs favored by horn players and Robinson's no-nonsense delivery reveals why. These melodies are muscular and rich, requiring a strong and disciplined voice to deliver them properly. Robinson has this in spades.
Her keyboard support is exceptional, with Murray Low ably steering the band as he alternates between acoustic and electric piano. But Robinson is the principle, easily approachable and enjoyed.
Track Listing: Dance Only; Soon; If; Almost Like Being in Love; The Storm; You Must Believe in Spring; Tick Tock; Be Careful; Our Day; Calling You; But Beautiful; Don’t Wait Too Long.
Personnel: Ellen Robinson: vocals; Murray Low: piano, keyboards; Sam Bevan: bass; Dan Foltz: drums; Kristen Strom: soprano and tenor saxophone.
Record Label: EMR MUSIC