"Marlow" comes out of film noir with drama, free expression, and a subtle message about "letting yourself go." Fear is the "That F Word" mentioned in the opening title. "Photographs" looks back to childhood with somber thoughts, emphasized by Joe Allen's clear trumpet, David Restivo's sensitive piano, and George Koller's versatile bass.
"What We See" is a loose blues with a soulful message about loneliness and regret that matches Allen's wah-wah trumpet and Ewen's articulate lyrics & scat singing. She's studied with Anne Marie Moss and Sheila Jordan, attended both Banff School of Fine Arts and CalArts, studied with Anthony Braxton, Kenny Wheeler, Pat LaBarbera, and others. (There's more information available athttp://www.interlog.com/~cmc/ds/CDs/Whatwe.html .)
The rhythm section of pianist Restivo, acoustic bassist Koller and drummer Great Bob Scott provide an excellent foundation for Ewen's fresh approach to jazz singing. Alto saxophonist Richard Underhill fills on the opening track, trumpeter Joe Allen joins the ensemble on four songs, and guitarist Jono Grant joins the bassist to accompany Ewen on a heartfelt "Can't Help Lovin' That Man." Recommended.
Track Listing: That F Word; Marlow; Stifled; Ma Bella Gina; Laura; Crazy II; Photographs; I Feel Pretty; Can't Help Lovin' That Man; What We See.
Record Label: Diva Records
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