Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli gave us a timeless chapter in jazz history that emphasized acoustic music with cultural influences from various parts of the world. To that lovely aroma Connie Evingson adds her mellifluous voice and intimate way with a melody. She interprets songs that carry a nostalgic memory, and she carves each one with a distinctive flair. Seamless phrasing, smoky resonance and a genuine caring give her presentation a natural quality.
"Gypsy in My Soul" swings lightly with a comfortable texture, as The Parisota Hot Club lends powerful support. The band complements Evingson's convincing lyric interpretation and her lively scat chorus.
Singing French and English lyrics to "Nuages," Evingson unleashes a century of passion. Sam Miltich and The Clearwater Hot Club deliver a heartfelt ambience to carry her message in no uncertain terms.
She's equally at home with Sting's "Until," a soulful waltz that resembles Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle." It's another example of the timeless nature of Evingson's album. With Pearl Django providing graceful acoustic charm and guest vibraphonist Susan Pascal weaving her melodies among the singer's pert lines, the song transforms into an exotic adventure. Guitarist Neil Anderson adds a lovely reflection of Django Reinhardt's manner, as Sting's music meets Django.
"Caravan" swings madly with a driving spirit and "Night and Day" swings with a lighter disposition, while "April in Paris" takes the listener on a vacation to France, with lyrics in French and English. Both "Nature Boy" and "The Lonely One" allow Evingson to capture every ounce of emotion that comes with the territory. She portrays a Gypsy's freedom in her interpretations, while giving her audience a highly recommended musical program. Audio examples of Evingson's performances may be found at her web site.
Track Listing: Nature Boy; I'm Confession'; Gypsy in My Soul; Nuages; Lover Come Back to Me; Lullaby of the Leaves; Until; April in Paris; Caravan; The Lonely One; Night and Day; You and the Night and the Music; Django's Premonition (Anouman); I Cover the Waterfront; S'Wonderful/Dizzy Atmosphere.
Personnel: Connie Evingson- vocals; Don Chouinard, Patrick Harrison- accordion; Darryl Boudreaux- percussion; Susan Pascal- vibraphone; Greg Williamson- drums; Clearwater Hot Club: Sam Miltich- guitar; Mark Kreitzer- guitar, mandolin; Matthew Miltich- bass; Raphael Fraisse- violin; Parisota Hot Club: Robb Henry, Bob Ekstrand- guitar; Keith Boyles- bass; Tony Baluff- clarinet; Pearl Django: Neil Anderson, Greg Ruby- guitar; Rick Leppanen- bass; Michael Gray- violin.
Year Released: 2005
| Record Label: Minnehaha Music
| Style: Vocal
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me. As a life-long jazz lover, I eventually became a jazz educator and producer/host of a very popular jazz radio program in Los Angeles, California.
I love jazz because it is so free. I can think, feel, and dream to jazz, and it allows my mind to flow and expand, musically and otherwise. I also love jazz because it, much like other forms of music, allows opportunities to bring people from all walks of life together. What makes jazz more significant to me, though, is its historical significance; that is, how jazz served, in part, as a method of bringing communities together, a cultural/social/spiritual conduit.