When the Sun Comes Out by Dan McClenaghan
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When the Sun Comes Out
Phoebe Snow's "Poetry Man" is given a similarly personal treatment. The tale of of a sultry vamp's school girl-like crush (Banks does sultry vamp very well) that's magic in the hands and vocal cords of Banks and Company. I loved the original, but I'd missed the O. Henry twist at the end. Banks makes it very clear when she sings to the object of her infatuation: "Home's that place you go, to see your wife." Throw in a yearing soprano sax solo (Tim Warfield) and you've got a true hit, played over and over again on the jukebox.
The standard "Devil May Care" gets a fittingly jaunty treatment, while the classic "I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)" feels, of course, wistful, but Banks' voice conveys an inner strength that says she'll survive, as it does on another song of longing, the classic Billie Holiday vehicle "Lover Man." Banks closes the show with Hoagy Carmichael's jewel, "Skylark," as a showcase for the singer's beautiful intonation in front of spare, understated (just piano and bass) accompaniment.
A set full of jukebox hits.
Track Listing: How High the Moon; Poetry man; Devil May Care; When the Sun Comes Out; I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes); It Keeps You Runnin'; Foul Play; Ruined for the Rest; Lover Man; Skylark.
Personnel: Steve Rudolph, Allen Farnham: piano; Steve Varner: bass; Rich De Rosa: drums; Tim Warfield: saxophones; Tony Miceli: vibraphones.
Record Label: Self Produced
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