151

Monica Dillon: All I Have Is A Moment

By

Sign in to view read count
Monica Dillon: All I Have Is A Moment Monica Dillon is a New Orleans-based singer, pianist and songwriter. Her CD All I Have Is A Moment reveals a musician who has been influenced by and is at home with a number of musical styles, including gospel, R&B, and jazz. Listeners very well could go one of two ways in describing her music. Is she a soul-drenched jazz musician or an R&B musician with some jazz chops? Either description may be correct. The opening cut on the recording, "T.S. Isidore," is tightly wound bluesy funk that features the improvising talents of guitarist Roy Joseph and bassist Edwin Livingston. The vocal "My Baby" has Monica demonstrating a delivery more akin to any number of R&B divas from the past, rather than the sound of a Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, or Cassandra Wilson.



Of the eleven songs on All I Have Is A Moment , Dillon wrote all but the traditional "Jesus Loves Me," the standard "You Don't Know What Love Is," and Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready." Her compositional style is varied and offers a challenge to categorize her or determine her specific musical direction. On the tune "Like Friday" Dillon stretches her improvisational legs somewhat more than on previous tunes. She is a very adequate pianist and certainly, with greater experience in the jazz vein, may emerge as an improviser of more profound musical ideas. The tunes "Think of Me" and "No" are straight from a soul background and likely would be destined for playlists on contemporary light jazz radio stations. Dillon borders on the avant-garde, however, with her creatively stark arrangement of the standard "You Don't Know What Love Is." Her utilization of the cello as an expressive voice counter to her own, alongside minimal percussion, works to enhance a cold sarcastic statement of bitter resentment toward a lost love.

"Johnnie's Song" is an upbeat, pleasant, simple and straightforward tune, and on Dillon's very relaxed solo piano rendition of the children's hymn "Jesus Loves Me," she ornaments and only hints at the original melody. The songs "We Make Do" and Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" sound like they are right from out of church. The shaking tambourine in the introduction, Hammond B-3 organ on "We Make Do," and profound lyrics of praise in Mayfield's opus, are enough to convert any sinner. The reprise of "Think of Me" closes the recording, pared down from the earlier one, with Dillon accompanied only by her acoustic piano.

The variety of musical styles that Monica Dillon brings to All I Have Is A Moment could help give her broad appeal to those who enjoy jazz, gospel, or R&B music. On the opposite extreme, however, All I Have Is A Moment may leave a strict aficionado in any one of those three categories feeling left somewhat short. Regardless, All I Have Is A Moment is a very pleasant, creative CD that showcases a talented singer and songwriter.


Track Listing: T.S. Isidore, My Baby, Like Friday, Think Of Me (Madrugada Mix), No, You Don't Know What Love Is, Johnnie's Song, Jeus Loves Me, We Make Do, People Get Ready, Think Of Me

Personnel: Monica N. Dillon (vocals, background vocals, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B-3 organ, percussion), Carl Baham (drums), Jasmine Cardriche (drums), Monica McIntyre (cello, background vocals), Edwin Livingston (acoustic and electric bass), Roy Joseph (guitars)

Year Released: 2003 | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Young" CD/LP/Track Review Young
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 25, 2016
Read "R Train On The D Line" CD/LP/Track Review R Train On The D Line
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 22, 2016
Read "Westering Home" CD/LP/Track Review Westering Home
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 7, 2016
Read "Black Shuck" CD/LP/Track Review Black Shuck
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 19, 2016
Read "Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs)" CD/LP/Track Review Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs)
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 24, 2017
Read "Love Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!