. Both sing and play trombone, and that is all that's required for a spiritual connection. Cressman's debut, Unfolding, sports a crazy "Honeysuckle Rose" and a slew of fine originals. Equally capable as a vocalist and trombonist, Cressmanbest-known these days as a member of Phish's touring band brass sectionis also quite the decent arranger, favoring brass choral introductions not unlike fellow vocalist/trombonist Henry Darragh
's for the singer/songwriter's Mingus (Asylum, 1979), but completely and cleverly re-orchestrates the song. Introducing the piece with brass counterpoint, Cressman proceeds to vocally navigate the craggy harmony, lyrics and time of this challenging composition. Her voice is pitched well and even through the mid-range, giving the song a certain noir cast. Her arrangement turns the song into a chamber piece with solid momentum and appeal. A sweet deal.
Personnel: Natalie Cressman: trombone, vocals; Ivan Rosenberg: trumpet; Chad
Lefkowitz-Brown: tenor saxophone; Pascal Le Boeuf: piano; Ruben Samama:
acoustic bass; jake Goldbas: drums, percussion.