155

Shelley Neill: Music Sweet Music

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
What I admire most about Shelley Neill’s Music Sweet Music is her splendid choice of material. And next to that, the enterprising rhythm section (especially pianist Laszlo Gardony). No, that doesn’t say much for the singer, but when one finds himself looking forward to the piano solos, that speaks volumes. It troubles me to appraise anyone so unkindly, as Neill is assuredly doing the best she can and probably worked hard to get where she is — but the fact is, her singing left me unmoved. I’d hoped it would be otherwise, but it wasn’t. On the other hand, given my flair for judging talent, she may soon be a superstar. On the plus side, Neill does sing with feeling, and her intonation is reliable. But I found her voice more irksome than inviting, and she has the unsettling habit (to me, at least) shared by so many singers of taking one–syllable words and making them two or even three. Returning to the positive, there are a number of seldom–heard treasures on the menu including “Too Soon to Tell,” “You Hit the Spot,” “Comes Love” (paired with “Fever”), “Since I Fell for You,” “Slow Down” and the lovely standards “Ill Wind” and “Blue Moon.” Neill sings them as well as she can; I wish her versions were more pleasing to these ears. But as everyone’s ears are different, they could make a more salutary impression on yours.

Track listing: Too Soon to Tell; You Hit the Spot; Trav’lin’ Light; Everything Must Change; Fever / Comes Love; Since I Fell for You; Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby; Dark Shadows; For Sentimental Reasons; Slow Down; You Are My Sunshine; I Didn’t Know What Time It Was; Ill Wind; Blue Moon; Teach Me Tonight (65:56).

Personnel:

Shelley Neill, vocals; Laszlo Gardony, piano; Genevieve Rose, bass; Gregory Caputo, drums.

Contact: Cobalt Blue Music, P.O. Box 204, Boston, MA 02130 (phone 617

| Record Label: Cobalt Blue Music | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Petite Afrique CD/LP/Track Review Petite Afrique
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 29, 2017
Read Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite CD/LP/Track Review Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 29, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 29, 2017
Read Soul Garden CD/LP/Track Review Soul Garden
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 29, 2017
Read The Authorized Bang Collection CD/LP/Track Review The Authorized Bang Collection
by Doug Collette
Published: April 29, 2017
Read Cross My Palm With Silver CD/LP/Track Review Cross My Palm With Silver
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read "Vitamina D" CD/LP/Track Review Vitamina D
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 28, 2016
Read "Standard Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Standard Blue
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 3, 2017
Read "Argonautica" CD/LP/Track Review Argonautica
by Troy Collins
Published: November 14, 2016
Read "Billionaire Blues" CD/LP/Track Review Billionaire Blues
by Mark Werlin
Published: January 19, 2017
Read "Going North" CD/LP/Track Review Going North
by Chris Mosey
Published: April 19, 2017
Read "Factory Girl" CD/LP/Track Review Factory Girl
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 22, 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!