Eve Cornelious & the Chip Crawford Trio: I Feel Like Some Jazz Today
So it was with a little apprehension that I previewed I Feel Like Some Jazz Today by a North Carolina singer named Eve Cornelious and the Chip Crawford Trio. I needn't have worried. As soon as Cornelious steps up to the microphone on the opening title cut, a rollicking original by Crawford, it's clear we're in the hands of a pro. Here's a singer who has integrated the best of the modern jazz tradition, drawing from the likely sources Sarah, Ella, Billie and putting them together into something wholly her own. She's equally adept at romantic ballads or fast-paced scatting. She's also blessed with a truly sensational voice, easily hitting high notes that would have most of her peers straining check her bravura performance on Miles Davis' "Flamenco Sketches."
Pianist Crawford (he and Cornelious are husband and wife) and his group offer wonderfully sympathetic accompaniment on a set that includes several of the most challenging standards for vocalists: "Lush Life," "My Funny Valentine," and, daringly, an Ella-inspired romp on "Air Mail Special." Cornelious pulls them all off with style. Expect to hear big things from her.
Web site: http://www.evecornelious.com
Eve Cornelious, vocals; Chip Crawford, piano; Michael Howell, bass; Alvin Atkinson, drums; Ray Codrington, trumpet; Reggie Codrington, soprano sax; Beverly Botsford, percussion; Ira Wiggins,tenor sax.
Record Label: Pooky Looky Records