Claudia Schmidt with the Jump Boys: I Thought About You
The play list for this album has a good balance between up tempo and ballad material. With the exception of one Schmidt original, everything is a familiar standard or traditional pop tune. Schmidt has a powerful voice with good range, but doesn't waste much time trying to be subtle or cute in her delivery. She comes at you straight from the shoulder letting the listener feel the full impact of her delivery, leaving nothing behind. Nonetheless, her approach, and the interesting arrangements, allow her to put her special imprimatur on each tune she sings. Kurt Weill's classic "My Ship" is done with a Samba beat. "Love is the Strongest Thing" moves between the low down blues and the signifyin' brought by a gospel hymn. "How High the Moon" is a first class swinger where Schmidt shows off her scatting prowess. The remainder of the session is similarly engaging.
Not only is the play list balanced, there is a sharing between Schmidt and her group, giving each member more than enough solo time. And they can play. Hopefully with this new release, Schmidt will become a permanent part of the jazz vocal scene. This album is easy to recommend.
Track Listing: My Ship; Undecided*; You're Blas
Personnel: Claudia Schmidt - Vocal; Jeff Beavan - Bass; Dave Ksycki - Drums/Percussion; Steve Little - Guitar/Vocal*; Dave Schock - Trumpet/Flugelhorn; Steve Stargardt - Piano
Record Label: Independent Records