She takes these 11 songs, roughly half of which are standards, at slow to moderate tempo. Of the latter, Jobim’s “Once I Loved” becomes an ideal vehicle for Ms. Joyce’s dark, whispery vocal. Yet, she is most beguiling when singing her original lyrics on “Oasis,” “Silent Sky” (an adaptation of a Brahms intermezzi) and “Orchid” —mystical words suited to her mystical voice.
A local cast of sidemen, including Milo Petersen, Joshua Wolff, Paul Gabrielson, Jay Thomas and Phil Sparks provide a strong foundation for Ms. Joyce’s admirable first recording. Big-time record execs searching for the next Norah Jones—are you listening?
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This review first appeared in All About Jazz: Seattle .
Track Listing: 1. East of the Sun 2. Oasis 3. Autumn In New York 4. Silent Sky 5. Moon and Sand 6. Orchid 7. Once I Loved 8. Indian Summer 9. The Shadow Of Your Smile 10. Christmas Eve 11. April In Paris
Personnel: Valerie Joyce, vocals; Michael Wolff, piano; Badal Roy, tablas; Valtinho Anastacio, percussion; Victor Jones, drums; John B. Williams and Mike Richmond, Bass; Alex Foster and Dan Jordan, saxophones and flute.
Record Label: VJI Music
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