3

Miki Purnell: Midnight Bloom

Geannine Reid By

Sign in to view read count
Miki Purnell: Midnight Bloom
Vocalist Miki Purnell, in collaboration with longtime music director Tamir Hendelman, has crafted a sophomore album with a theme of beauty within the darkness of night. Titled Midnight Bloom. Joined by drummer Dean Koba and bassist Alex Frank, adding guitarist Pat Kelley and Bob Sheppard on tenor, soprano and flute on choice selections, along with percussionist Tommy Aros, adds textural character to four of the selections: "No Moon At All," "Solitary Moon," "Happy Madness" and "Love Dance."

Purnell was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan. It was during her time at college that her love of jazz was kindled. However, her medical education and later becoming a doctor based in Hawaii, put her love of jazz on the backburner. "As a medical provider, I did nursing home concerts with my attending doctor who played guitar. Singing with guitar and ukulele after a long day was fun," says Purnell. Based in Sacramento, Purnell is a part of the second-largest integrative medicine team in the United States.

Midnight Bloom opens with "Embraceable You," titillated with an emotional saxophone statement from Sheppard. Purnell joins, singing the opening with sensitive support from Hendelman. The full ensemble enters for the melody, which Purnell sings with style and warmth. Koba's brushwork propels the feel as Frank holds the bottom down. The elegance in which Purnell sings the duet section with Frank is a highlight. Her rhythm and buoyancy bring each phrase to life. Purnell manages to create a fresh sound to this standard.

"Love Dance" is performed with a relaxed Latin feel. Kelley and Aros join the ensemble to enrich the sound. Kelley's solo is energetic but never nervous. The arrangement is outstanding as each section is given new sonic details that add to the shape of the song and its flow. The ending vamp features Purnell scatting.

A step forward in Purnell's journey, Midnight Bloom is a sensual listening experience.

Track Listing

(There Ought To Be A) Moonlight Saving Time; Embraceable You; No Moon At All; Estrada Branca (This Happy Madness); ‘Round Midnight /Midnight Madness Called Jazz; Quiet Now; Love Dance; The Night We Called It A Day; Teach Me Tonight; You Are There; Solitary Moon; Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams; Stars (Endless Stars); Midnight Bloom.

Personnel

Miki Purnell: voice / vocals; Tamir Hendelman: piano; Dan Koba: drums; Alex Frank: bass.

Bob Sheppard: sax, clarinet, flute (2, 5, 9, 11, 12); Pat Kelley: guitar (4, 7, 11); Tommy Aros: percussion (3, 4, 7, 11).

Album information

Title: Midnight Bloom | Year Released: 2020 | Record Label: Self Produced

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Speak Low II
Speak Low II
Lucia Cadotsch
Read Time OutTakes
Time OutTakes
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Read Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Steve Masakowski and the Masakowski Family

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.