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Maye Cavallaro and Mimi Fox: Hearts

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The Redhead Records release Hearts places singer Maye Cavallaro in a challengingly minimalist setting. Accompanied by guitarist Mimi Fox, as well as Paul McCandless on reeds and Ian Dogole on percussion, Cavallaro offers 12 tracks, each a personnel rendition of standards ranging from Ellington to Paul Simon. Mimi Fox’s versatile and expressive guitar work buoys the entire album, supporting the pared down arrangements and Cavallaro’s theatrical interpretations. Fox’s talents, however, can only mitigate against Cavallaro’s average range and poor phrasing so much. With the notable exception of the Latin-tinged title track, “Hearts,” those who know these tunes ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Maye Cavallaro & Mimi Fox: Hearts

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Maye Cavallaro's new album, Hearts, is, to paraphrase Gilbert & Sullivan, "a most ingenious paradox" – in other words, a knotty challenge for a reviewer. To state the problem as clearly as possible, Cavallaro is a very good singer who receives admirable support from guitarist Mimi Fox, percussionist Ian Dogole and multi-reedist Paul McCandless, and I'd like nothing better than to say that the album really knocked me out – but I can't. The fact is, I found much of it less than interesting, even though everyone plays the proper notes while Cavallaro does the best she can to breathe ...



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