Kari Gaffney: Angel Eyes (2001)
This CD not only makes a statement vocally but it also conveys musical maturity. The release is a quartet configuration without drums. Jeff Williams is featured on guitar. With a sound and style reminiscent of Pat Martino meets Joe Pass & Metheny. Williams’s guitar lines were cohesive and storytelling. Williams also doubled on bass on this release. His bass lines were fluid and legato driving this release with a solid force. His linear lead lines and melodic harmonic concepts added a refreshing approach. The pianist was Craig Wilcox. I was a bit disappointed with the minimalist approach he took on many songs, but was very taken by his approaches on Ballads. Gaffney is definitely a force to be reckoned with on ballads, and Wilcox rose to the occasion on “Lover Man” and “Angel Eyes”. Saxophone and Flute featured Rob Foster. The bluesy sax solo on “Walking After Midnight” (which I might add, is a refreshing slant on that already great rendition by Patsy Cline) definitely satisfied my hard edge desire. It was raw and real. The flute on “Feel Like Makin Love” was simply Beauty. The mood on this release was that of Seduction & Power. I found my experience to be one that surprised me and astounded me. Absolutely superb!!
Tracks:Undecided, Walking After Midnight, Lover Man, Autumn Leaves, I Don
Personnel: Kari Gaffney, Vocals, Jeff Williams, Bass & Guitar, Craig Wilcox, Piano, Rob Foster, Sax & Flute.
Record Label: Verbatim Records