2

Natalie Cressman and Mike Bono: Etchings in Amber

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Natalie Cressman and Mike Bono: Etchings in Amber The admonition, "Youth is wasted on the young" is neither accurate nor applicable to Natalie Cressman. Cressman, a vocalist/trombonist/composer/arranger is a modern day Renaissance woman who wears many hats and all of them beautifully. She is a standing member of the Trey Anastasio Band, as well as Jesus on the Mainline. Cressman has recorded two previous CDs: Unfolding (Self Produced, 2012) and Turn the Sea (Self Produced, 2014), both I found as exceptional as they were different from one another.

Cressman joins the equally youthful and talented guitarist Mike Bono, the two uniquely cooperating on the nine pieces included on the present Etchings in Amber. Light years different from Cressman's previous recording, Etchings confines the singer to a singer-only role (no trombone) singing lyrics Cressman wrote for several of Bono's compositions, while contributing the music on three of her own lyrics. Touted as "genre-bending" Etchings is actually an atmospheric suite of impressionistic musings. The opening "Dusk" is sensually crepuscular, a mood further enhanced by the complex harmonic pinning composed by Bono. Several of the songs ("Winds of Whims," "Folds of Time") bear the unmistakable fragrance of Joni Mitchell's expansive vision. The album closes with the pastoral "Goodbye Lullaby." Cressman (and Bono) continue to surprise and delight.

Track Listing: Dusk; Wind of Whims; folds of Time; I Look to You; Picture; Trapped in Forever; Mountains of Malaga; Losing Grace; Goodbye Lullaby.

Personnel: Natalie Cressman: vocals, Mike Bono: guitar

Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Self Produced


Shop

More Articles

Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Reflections CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Back In Your Own Backyard CD/LP/Track Review Back In Your Own Backyard
by Budd Kopman
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin' CD/LP/Track Review Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Through The Glass CD/LP/Track Review Through The Glass
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Circles CD/LP/Track Review Circles
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2017
Read "Shuffle Along" CD/LP/Track Review Shuffle Along
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 25, 2016
Read "Return" CD/LP/Track Review Return
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 3, 2016
Read "A Good Time Was Had By All" CD/LP/Track Review A Good Time Was Had By All
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 25, 2016
Read "(Five) Stories Untold" CD/LP/Track Review (Five) Stories Untold
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 6, 2017
Read "As If By Magic" CD/LP/Track Review As If By Magic
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: December 3, 2016
Read "Serenity Knolls" CD/LP/Track Review Serenity Knolls
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 14, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

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!