89

Carri Coltrane: Child Inside My Heart

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Mixology. In higher education, once one develops the aptitude and achieves a doctorate in something like Pharmacology or Molecular Biology, that person can migrate among many disciplines, blurring the lines between these disciplines. So with the arts. Many famous painters also sculpted and worked many across periods. In music, there are those who can transcend style, thereby setting new ones. Carri Coltrane is one of the fortunate who can do this.

Several of her recent recordings have crossed my desk, and this seasonal disc caught my ear. Is this jazz? Is this Popular? Is this New Age? The answer is : all of them and none of them. Using sparse instrumentation and superb execution, Child Inside My Heart is an effective offering of traditional and original seasonal songs. Ms. Coltrane (is that a great Jazz name, or what?) has a dense yet pliable vocal style that reminds me of Diane Schurr's midrange. She coos a breathy "O Holy Night", while gracefully belting "What Child is This." Ted Brancato provides facile accompaniment, sounding like a cross between Liz Story and Thelonious Monk on the same two pieces. Soprano saxophonist Matt Langley provides perfect comping and soloing throughout. The style of all of this cannot easily be pinned down.

The Songs. The nontraditional songs on this disc are pleasant and immediately accessible. I found myself singing "Mary Did You Know" and "Angels Dwell" (melody based on Chopin's D flat major Prelude) after several spins under the laser. They are lyrically and musically hook-filled. The disc closer, "You Believe" has a wonderfully contemporary churchy feel. Of the traditional carols, "Emmanuel" reveals itself a disc highlight, opening and closing a quasi-vocalese of the melody. Ms. Coltrane has an unusually pure voice, with a broad palette of effects from which to draw.

Happy Holidays. This is a readily accessible, nonsecular Christmas release that celebrates the Christian tradition. It is warmly recorded, perfect for the family gathering with the fire blazing and the eggnog flowing. Or for a candle-lit holiday ritual more quietly intimate.


Track Listing: Oh, Holy Night, Mary Did You Know, Away in the Manger, Child Inside My Heart, Emmanuel, Angels Dwell, Silent Night, Love is All I know, What Child is This, You Believe.

Personnel: Carri Coltrane: Vocals, Ted Brancato: Piano and Irish Bodhran Drum, Matt Langley: Soprano Saxophone, Eugene McDaniels: Vocals (You Believe).

Title: Child Inside My Heart | Year Released: 1998 | Record Label: Numoon


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Aqustico vol 2 CD/LP/Track Review Aqustico vol 2
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Lattice CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Beginnings CD/LP/Track Review Beginnings
by David A. Orthmann
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Synchronic CD/LP/Track Review Synchronic
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Slægt CD/LP/Track Review Slægt
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 24, 2017
Read An Eye on the Future CD/LP/Track Review An Eye on the Future
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 24, 2017
Read "The Darkening Blue" CD/LP/Track Review The Darkening Blue
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 5, 2016
Read "Illegal Crowns" CD/LP/Track Review Illegal Crowns
by John Sharpe
Published: December 10, 2016
Read "Second City" CD/LP/Track Review Second City
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 13, 2017
Read "The Elements" CD/LP/Track Review The Elements
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 25, 2017
Read "Hank Mobley" CD/LP/Track Review Hank Mobley
by Greg Simmons
Published: December 6, 2016
Read "Beauty And the Beast" CD/LP/Track Review Beauty And the Beast
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 15, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.