Liz Diamond: Yesterdays
Diamond is sufficiently savvy to give her playing mates plenty of room to stretch out. There is as much time on this CD devoted to instrumentals as to vocalizing. The single guitar work of Ray Macchiarola stands out especially on "Gone with the Wind". Bobby Porcelli's alto is also prominent on many of the cuts. But as usual on an album such as this, it's the piano that carries the critical accompaniment load. Here, it's Lennie Tristano disciple Tardo Hammer who fills the role with distinction. Hammer brings a background of working with the likes of Abbey Lincoln and Annie Ross to this session.
This album captures a voice and a style from the past and is well worth a listen. Recommended.
Track Listing: If I Had You; (I Don't Stand) a Ghost of Chance with You; I Fall in Love too Easily; Gone with the Wind; Lover, Come Back to Me; You Don't Know What Love Is; Yesterdays; September in the Rain; The Man I Love; I Can't Give You Anything but Love; For All We Know; Sometimes I'm Happy
Personnel: Liz Diamond - Vocals; Tardo Hammer - Piano; Ray Macchiarola - Guitar; Bobby Porcelli - Alto Sax/Flute; Murray Wall - Bass; Cliff Barbaro - Drums
Record Label: L3 Productions