Eve Cornelious and The Chip Crawford Trio: I Feel Like Some Jazz Today
Ms. Cornelious’s voice and vocal style are influenced by Betty Carter, Carmen McCrae, and Ella Fitzgerald. She uses her well-trained voice in a display of vocal fireworks that come off smashingly more often than not. Elastic and bold, her voice has a momentum complementing that provided by the rhythm section, a force sustaining a hard swing. “My Funny Valentine” is incendiary, a fitting display for the turn of the millennium. The remaining tunes are no less compelling. Her take on the Goodman/Christian “Airmail Special” is a romping good time.
The Chip Crawford Trio, comprised of Crawford on piano; Michael Howell on bass, and Alvin Atkinson on drums, support Cornelious’ voice in both rhythm and solos. Michael Howell’s Swiss-Time playing provides the necessary swing to this record. Joining the trio are brass, reeds and percussion, providing that added spice to the trio mix, just enough for taste, never becoming too much.
Inventive and playful, serious and reverent, I Feel Like Some Jazz Today a good listen.
Track Listing: I Feel Like Some Jazz Today; My Funny Valentine; Tenderly; I Love Paris/April in Paris; Flamenco Sketches; Better Go Now; A thoughtful Message; Lush Life; Airmail Special. (Total Time: 61:21)
Personnel: Eve Cornelious: Vocals; Chip Crawford: Piano; Michael Howell: Bass; Alvin Atkinson: Drums; Ray Codrington: Trumpet, flugelhorn; Reggie Codrington: Soprano Saxophone; Beverly Botsford: Percussion; Ira Wiggins: Tenor Saxophone.
Record Label: Pooky Looky Records