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This album salutes the talents of five singers from the San Francisco Bay area. They offer a varied of standards and originals, with the former in the majority. While all the tracks are well done and each is endowed with qualities unique to the performer, there are some that are worthwhile pinpointing. Shanna Carlson's interpretation of "You're My Thrill" gets a sensitive and knowledgeable reading recalling Rosemary Clooney. Kenny Stahl's flute backing and solo is just one example of the high level of accompanists that appear on this CD. Jennifer Lee's haunting rendition of her arrangement of "Don't Blame Me" has her singing a bit behind the beat set by John Shifflett's bass. Cathi Walkup, with her deep resonant vibrato, is striking on Django Reinhardt's "Nuages" with Dimitri Matheny's fluegelhorn noodling underneath. In contrast, there's the light, feathery vocal offering of Jenna Mammina on "I'm old Fashioned" and her anything but sweet and proper rendering of Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar".
There is good original material as well on the agenda. A sense of wistfulness surrounds Shanna Carlson's "Funhouse Mirror" which Hugo Wainzinger's guitar helps to create. Sharman Duran, the daughter of eminent jazz guitarist Eddie Duran, does a somber, sad vocal recitation of her own "Lagrimas".
This is one of the better vocal albums I heard this year so far and it's highly recommended.
Track Listing: Your Can Fly/You're My Thrill/Funhouse Mirrors - Shanna Carlson -Vocal/Piano, Jan Marinelli - Bass, Michaelle Goerlitz - Percussion; Robin Lewis - 7 String Guitar, Doug Pohorski - Bass, Kenny Stahl - Flute, Hugo Wainzinger - Guitar; Sugar/Softly as in the Morning Sunrise/I'm old Fashioned - Jenna Mammina - Vocal, Andr
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.