155

Laura Welland: Love is Never Out of Season

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Laura Welland: Love is Never Out of Season In lot of years of listening I've come across a couple of five star takes on Fats Waller's classic song "Honeysuckle Rose": Benny's Goodman's extended, loose-limbed, rollicking live version on Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert ; and Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton's good time rendition—featuring a characteristic pinpoint precision trumpet solo by Pops—on Satch Plays Fats. Now I've found a third.

Vocalist Laura Welland chose the classic to open her debut CD, Love is Never Out of Season, allowing the song to whisper to life on Joe Labarbera's shuffling drum work and John Clayton's cool-walking bass, that interacts with Welland's singing beautifully as the vocalist croons in, slow and smooth, like a flow of... well, warm honey; and then the energy builds on a swelling tempo that pushes Welland's delivery from hushed and understated into the realm of belting it out with a supreme assurance full of nuanced phrasings, melding with her superb backing band, a meshing of vocalist and trio that reminds me of Tony Bennett's work with the Ralph Sharon Trio.

Welland's vocal style is refreshingly direct, bringing Rosemary Clooney or Irene Kral to mind; and here's betting she's soaked up some Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae, too. But overall, her style is her own—unaffected, straightforward, clean-toned, with a personal way of turning a phrase with natural ease. And, man, can she and the trio swing, especially on the title tune and "I've Got the Sun in the Morning."

She's not Ella—who is?—but she scats like an angel (too briefly), with a less brassy, sparer approach and richer tones on "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To"; and her duet with pianist Bill Mays on "I'm Confessin'" has that late '40's, classic feel to it.

An outstanding recording, an uncluttered take on some of the standards, a finely focused effort from start to finish.

Visit OA2 Records at www.oa2records.com and Laura Welland at www.laurawelland.com


Track Listing: Honeysuckle Rose, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (and Write Myself a Letter), I'll Be Seeing You, Love is Never Out of Season, When I Grow Too Old to Dream, I've Got the Sun in the Morning, Dream a Little Dream of Me, You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To, I'm Confessin', Be My Love, While We're Young, If I Had You

Personnel: Laura Welland--vocals; Bill Mays--piano; John Clayton--bass; Joe Labarbera--drums; Larry Fuller--piano on 1 & 11

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: OA2 Records | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Refuge In Sound" CD/LP/Track Review Refuge In Sound
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 4, 2016
Read "Hawniyaz" CD/LP/Track Review Hawniyaz
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 1, 2016
Read "Piano Song" CD/LP/Track Review Piano Song
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: January 19, 2017
Read "Fourtune" CD/LP/Track Review Fourtune
by Duncan Heining
Published: November 28, 2016
Read "Janus" CD/LP/Track Review Janus
by Budd Kopman
Published: November 1, 2016
Read "Dream Maps" CD/LP/Track Review Dream Maps
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 13, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

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!

Buy it!