This debut album for singer Amy Cervini is an unusual release, with material that is packaged in a jazz setting consisting of Cervini's combo of piano, bass, drums and accordion. However, the material could easily have been presented by a contemporary urban singer/songwriter accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. The source material for these ten tracks is diverse enough to include a few selections from the Great American Songbook as well as material from contributing writers like Jonathan Brooke, Fiona Apple, bassist Edgar Meyer and the iconic Leonard Cohen.
If you're not overly familiar with some of the above names, it all falls within a tendency amongst vocalists to "mix it up" so that a typical set list contains examples of several musical genres without having to pigeonhole their own preferences. Amy and her brother Ernesto Cervini, originally from Toronto, are now part of the Downtown New York scene and familiar faces at such venues as The 55 Bar and The Cornelia Street Cafe. Cervini leads an active career, involved simultaneously in different musical projects. The remainder of the group consists of Michael Cabe, piano and accordion; Mark Lau on bass and Ernesto providing percussion, drums and clarinet.
The net effect of the album is to display the range of Cervini's material and delivery. Whereas you may have heard some of these tunes on pop radio or in more of a "folk" setting, they're set up in contrast to straightforward versions of Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In," the Billie Holiday/Arthur Herzog classic, "Don't Explain" and the Evans/Mann "No Moon at All." The title tune is a reference to Leonard Cohen's well- known "Famous Blue Raincoat." I rather enjoyed the introduction of accordion into Fiona Apple's "Extraodinary Machine" bringing a cabaret-type feel into the song.
Track Listing: Because I Told You So; How He Sings;
Sliding Down; Famous Blue Raincoat; No Moon At All; Mushaboom; Extraordinary Machine; Don't Fence Me In;
Don't Explain; Holiday.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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