Kate Dimbleby-Geoff Eales Trio: Ain't This Cosy
And why not?. Who better to honor than this icon of popular song for more than 40 years. Peggy Lee was so versatile, so uncommon in her patented off hand manner of delivering lyrics in a voice immediately recognizable after just a bar or two, that she can be "imitated" without being "copied". Dimbleby, ably assisted by Geoff Eales's trio, pulls this off admirably. There's a balanced selection of some of Lee's more famous tunes along with some that aren't heard that often. "Is That all There Is?", one of the most sardonic and irreverent laments ever put to music, is one of the highlights of the session. There's a couple lesser known Lee songs on the CD as well, "Sing a Rainbow" and "He's just My Kind". The CD is topped off with a wistful "I Don't Wanna Play in Your Yard" done A Capella. Dimbleby also uses Lee's gambit of opening some tunes with a narrative, which does get your attention. No one has used this device as successfully as Peggy Lee.
This album should attract not only fans of Peggy Lee, but those who appreciate hearing another singer bring her own special interpretation of Ms Lee's singing and music. Recommended.
Tracks:I Love Being Here with You; Black Coffee; Why Don't You Do Right; Manana; He's just My Kind; I'm a Woman; Hey, Look Me Over; These Foolish Things; So What's New?: Sing a Rainbow; Is That all There Is?: Fever; I Don't Wanna Play in Your Yard
Personnel: Kate Dimbleby - Vocals; Geoff Eales - Piano; Roy Babbington - Bass; Mark Fletcher - Drums
Record Label: Black Box