All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

172

Nancy King and Steve Christofferson: Dream Lands

By

Sign in to view read count
On Dream Lands, Nancy King continues her journey through American popular music, exploring not only classic standards, but other bits and pieces that have been hidden away in the nooks and crannies of the caverns of jazz vocal music. Previous journeys found her accompanied by guitarist Glen Moore. This time her traveling companion is pianist Steve Christofferson. These two are no strangers to each other having performed together at jazz venues and concerts in their home, the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. In addition to the piano, Christofferson employs the Melodica on several cuts. This instrument can best be described as an accordion keyboard without the bellows. It sounds like a cross between an accordion and a harmonica. When he uses this instrument, Christofferson creates an atmosphere which always fits right in with the image King is establishing with her singing. A prime example is the classic "Lazy Afternoon" where King's voice and Christofferson's Melodica beget that languorous, lethargic, but often sensuous, after lunch feeling which comes on a warm, hazy afternoon.

Showing their versatility, the blues are visited with a bit of funk on "Blue Station" where King engages in some relaxed scatting. Her intelligent wordless scatting skills are also put on display with good effect on "From Me to You". This is not the Beatles' Lennon, McCartney tune, but one by Charlie Smalls. The "Picnic/Moonglow" medley vividly recalls perhaps one of the most sumptuous scenes in motion picture history, the beautiful Kim Novak slowly sauntering down the steps of the raised dance floor to "Moonglow" all the time staring (leering?) at William Holden. Adding variety to the play list, King and Christofferson happily revive the 1943 Harold Adamson/Jimmy McHugh song they wrote for the film Higher and Higher and made popular by Sinatra, "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening". The rest of the session is filled with performances which are equally as attractive. Nancy doesn't have a web page, but Steve does at http://www.teleport.com/~pelagic.


Track Listing: Talk to Me; From Me to You; Picnic/Moonglow; A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening; Like Someone in Love; You Say You Care; Lazy Afternoon; Crooked Road; Blue Station; When the Wind Was Green; Tomorrow's Another Day

Personnel: Nancy King - Vocals; Steve Christofferson - Piano, Melodica

Title: Dream Lands | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Stellar Sound

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read 9 CD/LP/Track Review
9
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 19, 2018
Read For Gyumri CD/LP/Track Review
For Gyumri
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: February 19, 2018
Read Sextet (Parker) 1993 CD/LP/Track Review
Sextet (Parker) 1993
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 19, 2018
Read Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim CD/LP/Track Review
Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim
by Kevin Press
Published: February 19, 2018
Read Orientation CD/LP/Track Review
Orientation
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 18, 2018
Read Romaria CD/LP/Track Review
Romaria
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 18, 2018
Read "Simiskina" CD/LP/Track Review Simiskina
by John Sharpe
Published: December 26, 2017
Read "Mother Tongue" CD/LP/Track Review Mother Tongue
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 3, 2017
Read "Reality" CD/LP/Track Review Reality
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 14, 2017
Read "Point and Line" CD/LP/Track Review Point and Line
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: July 7, 2017
Read "Saluting Sgt. Pepper" CD/LP/Track Review Saluting Sgt. Pepper
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 22, 2017
Read "Is It Me...?" CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 7, 2017