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Melissa Sweeney: Golden Thread

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Melissa Sweeney: Golden Thread Golden Thread is a winning combination of Melissa Sweeney's vocals and pianist/arranger Bill Cunliffe's contributions as chief architect.

This project alternates between lush string arrangements with Cunliffe's piano and jazz nonet accompanyment. Sweeney begins with a thoughtfully included verse on the Clare-Gorney standard "You Are My Thrill" [sic]. Cunliffe and Sweeney cop the Nina Simone arrangement of "My Baby Just Cares." When the track begins with that Basie-like piano vamp, one's reaction is to start toe-tapping and finger-popping. I view this offering as an homage, not an imitation, and it is nice to hear again. Trombonist George Bohanon gets in some good licks also.

Joni Mitchell's "Sex Kills," an unusual jazz adaptation, works aided by Rob Lockart's tenor sax and Cunliffe's slinky solo. The juxtaposition of those dramatic lyrics and the opening notes of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song "I Have Dreamed," done with strings, provides a contrast from meaningful contemporary issues to a burnished love story from the Great American Songbook. Gabriel Faure's classical "Pavane" is presented with French lyrics and Jobim's "Viva Sonhando" (also known in English as "Dreamer") is borrowed from the Getz Gilberto recording in Portuguese with scatting. Several more standards conclude with a rarely covered version of Paul Simon's "Where I Belong."

Featuring two Melissa Sweeney originals, the collaboration with Bill Cunliffe continues with Golden Thread. We have also been promised another new album before the close of 2005.

Visit Melissa Sweeney on the web.


Track Listing: You Are My Thrill, My Baby Just Cares. Golden Thread, Sex Kills, I Have Dreamed, Skylark, Pavane, Sweet Lorraine, Viva Sonhando, Why Don't You Do Right, Where I Belong

Personnel: Melissa Sweeney--vocals; Bill Cunliffe--piano and arrangements; George Bohanon--trombone solo; Joe La Barbera--drums; Derek Oles and Tom Warrington--bass; John Chiodini--guitar; Paulino DaCosta--percussion; Ricky Woodard, Rob Lockart, Bob shepard--sax solos; John Yoakum, Brian Scanlon--woodwinds; John Mascon--French horn; Peter Kent--concertmaster; Amy Schulman--harp

Title: Golden Thread | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Azica Records


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