confirms that she is not only indeed a triple threat musicianplayer, vocalist and composerbut also that that esteemed lineage, consummate entertainers all, would heartily approve her membership.
This stunningly beautiful British Columbia native plays (and writes and sings) at levels of excellence and maturity far beyond her years. Whether it's plunging and growling away, soaring across the horn's range ferociously, or delivering beautifully constructed lyrical solo lines, Skonberg demonstrates solid chops and great command of her instrument. Displaying artistic flexibility and fire, she unabashedly channels Armstrong, Cootie Williams
. She has a beautiful voiceboth soul sultry and innocent sweetand an instrumentalist's feel for melodic line and rhythm. Her vocal and horn chops intertwine seamlessly. "Have a Little Heart" is a perfect example.
An insightfully versatile composer, Skonberg delivers nine engaging originals, all stylistically unique. She's done her homework; the forms and lyric phrasings are classic. "I Wish I Hadn't Forgotten" frames Skonberg with guest John Pizzarelli
, a perfect vocal partner, on an elegant guy/gal swinger. "Penny in Your Pocket" grinds blue with Scott Elias' organ. "Hip Check" (a sidewinder turned inside out to 5/4 time) and "Chilliwack Cheer" deal Cajun spice. "Far Away," the most contemporary of her originals, modulates dreamily.
Three well-known selections are given refreshed presentations performed with verve. Joni Mitchell
on guitar, bassist Kelly Friesen, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. collectively and individually energize.
So is the Day, while tipping a hat to tradition, appropriately pushes Bria Skonberg to the forefront of today's musical talents. She has it allso does this superb recording.
Track Listing: Keep Me in the Back of Your Mind; So is the Day; Hip Check; I Wish I
Hadn't Forgotten; Have a Little Heart; Far Away; Penny in Your Pocket;
Let Yourself Go; Chilliwack Cheer; Big Yellow Taxi; Gymnopedie; My
Personnel: Bria Skonberg: trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals; Victor Goines: tenor
saxophone, clarinet, flute; Wycliffe Gordon: trombone (1, 9); Michael Dease: trombone (11); Jeff Lashway: piano; Scott Elias: organ (7);Randy Johnston: guitar; Kelly Friesen: bass; Ulysses Owens, Jr.: drums; Roland Guerrero: percussion; John Pizzarelli: guitar, vocals (4).