Aimee Allen's previous recording, her junior release, Winters & Mays. (Azuline Music, 2011) was a well-conceived offering from this Pittsburgh native. On Matter of Time, Allen brings her uncanny feel for jazz conception. The disc is slightly schizophrenic, with two competing centers of gravity: one in the jazz mainstream ("My Romance," "Out of Nowhere") and the Brazilian ("Matter of Time," "The Island"). For the latter, guitarist Romero Lubambo, provides all of the necessary humidity.
On the Bossa standard, "Corcovado" Allen and Lubambo share an intimate duet. Lubambo reserves his most delicate playing for Allen's perfect jazz alto voice. With an ornate introduction, Lubambo sets a gentle samba rolling over which Allen approaches the familiar lyric with a knowing grace. This is the fortuitous meeting to two instruments at the height of their considerable powers, coming together to celebrate a tried-and-true standard. I vote for a duet recording next time.
Track Listing: Matter of Time; Soul Cargo; My Romance; The Island; Close Your Eyes; New Day; Sometimes I Just Know; Out of Nowhere; Qu’est-ce qu’on est bien ici; In the Name of Love; Corcovado; The Space Between; Matter of Time.
Personnel: Aimée Allen: vocals; Romero Lubambo: guitar (1, 4, 9, 11); François Moutin: bass (2, 3 – 8, 10, 12, 13); Toru Dodo: piano and Fender Rhodes (2, 3 – 8, 10, 12, 13); Jacob Melchior: drums (2, 3 – 8, 10, 12, 13); Scott Ritchie: bass (1).
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.