138

The Carol Hamersma Trio: Out of My Head

By

Sign in to view read count
The Carol Hamersma Trio: Out of My Head For her maiden album, Carol Hamersma has opted to go with a play list of both familiar and non familiar material, including three of her compositions. Sometimes she sings and plays her guitars, sometimes she just plays. Whatever, there is a certain delicacy about her soft jazz that I found quite appealing. Listen to her recitation of the lyrics to "So Danco Samba" using them to seques into an engaging guitar solo. Her guitar is not dynamic in that there are lots of chords pouring out. She is more selective, carefully choosing the harmonics fitting her interpretation of the song she is performing. "Without You" as the name implies, is a haunting ballad where she gets a clean sound from her electric guitar, while bassist Tom Givens, quietly plucks away at the bottom of his bass. Her guitar style is reminiscent of Herb Ellis and one of her contemporary peers, Australian Steve Brien. If Hamersma played alto sax, she would come closer to Paul Desmond than to Jackie McLean. Like her guitar, her vocalizing is understated, simple but effective in getting the message of the lyrics across, and she can swing. She moves at medium tempo pace on a captivating version of "You'd Be so Nice to Come Home to" where she does some knowledgeable improvising over the melody of the standard. Here the bassist gets a chance at a solo chorus which he pulls off quite nicely, complimenting the mood of the guitarist. This album is available from Tower Records www.towerrecords.com and is recommended.


Track Listing: Get out of My Head; Rhythm-A-Ning; You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to; West Coast Blues; `Round Midnight; So Danco Samba; Without You; Sidewinder; Once I Loved; Afro-Cuban Lullaby; Crazy Woman's Blues; Chelsea Morning

Personnel: Carol Hamersma - Guitar/Vocal; Nick Scheuble - Drums; Tom Givens - Bass

Title: Out of My Head | Year Released: 2001


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Magnetic CD/LP/Track Review Magnetic
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 27, 2017
Read A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard CD/LP/Track Review A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard
by Mark E. Gallo
Published: July 27, 2017
Read Someone Else CD/LP/Track Review Someone Else
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 27, 2017
Read Falling Forward CD/LP/Track Review Falling Forward
by James Nadal
Published: July 27, 2017
Read I Know Who I Am CD/LP/Track Review I Know Who I Am
by James Nadal
Published: July 26, 2017
Read "Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens" CD/LP/Track Review Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 5, 2016
Read "Buoyancy" CD/LP/Track Review Buoyancy
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 29, 2016
Read "Ocean of Storms" CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 4, 2017
Read "Illuminations" CD/LP/Track Review Illuminations
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 24, 2016
Read "Onward" CD/LP/Track Review Onward
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 2, 2017
Read "Rímur" CD/LP/Track Review Rímur
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 1, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.