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Broadway/jazz vocalist Carter Calvert possesses an impressive set of pipes, fine-tuned by performances in Cats, Ain't Nothing But the Blues and Always Patsy Cline. Her capability goes well beyond the stage, where Calvert displays a certain facility for rubbing some old songs in just the right way, making them catch fire.
Closing out what would be a sturdy if ordinary recital of standards by Calvert is an exceptional coupling of the traditional "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" and Peter Gabriel's "Washing Of The Water," from Us (Geffen, 1992). These two songs stand out from the others for their potent content of Americana like that found on Tierney Sutton's American Road (BMF, 2011), Laurie Antonioli's American Dream (Intrinsic Music, 2010) and Jacqui Sutton's Billie & Dolly (Toy Blue Typewriter Productions, 2011).
Calvert sings a slim "Motherless Child" a cappella plaintively for barely a minute before summoning all of the white gospel out of Gabriel's song of acceptance and redemption. Pianist Jim West proves a country and western equal to his ready jazz chops, telegraphing Norah Jones' hillbilly hanker light years ahead. This is powerful medley powerfully sung and performed that lifts a good recording to an exceptional one.
Personnel: Carter Calvert: vocals; Jim West: piano; Brian Glassman: bass; Roger
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.