222

Connie Evingson: Some Cats Know

By

Sign in to view read count
Given that Connie Evingson first album, Fever, was a tribute to Peggy Lee, her latest with another famous Lee song, as the title. Some Cats Know, falls into the same category. Not so. While there is a nod or two to Ms Lee, this CD is an exhilarating, entertaining one hour plus exposition of Ms Evingson's considerable vocal skills accentuated by the presence of several eminent veteran jazz players. Their talents, nor those of the very good local musicians on this session, aren't wasted.

Individual attention has been given to the presentation and arrangement of each of the songs on this varied play list. "More than You Know" is a tour de force with Sanford Moore's funky, slinky piano providing most of the backstopping. The delivery conjures up a small, smoke-filled New York lounge with a sexy chantuese backed by a rhythm section with guitar added. The tenor saxophone of Dave Karr and the legendary Chicago horn man Von Freeman, engage in a musical conversation on a very up beat "It's Alright With Me" with Moore entering as Evingson segues into "I Love Paris." Karr's haunting flute is the musical passport to a plaintive vocal version of "Close Your Eyes." Toots Thielemans comes on board with his harmonica as he and Evingson romp through what has become a jazz standard, his "Bluesette." This tune also features Reuben Ristrom's Barry Galbraith-like guitar strumming behind Evingson with Jimmy Hamilton's straightforward no-nonsense piano getting a lot of play.

Doc Severinsen's muted-trumpet joins Evingson on "I've Got the World on a String" and is prominent on a sultry, lush version of "`Round Midnight". Rather than the usual swing Bing Crosby-type arrangement of "Accentuate the Positive", Evingson's gives it a Ray Charles treatment, a bit funky with an off-center beat. She is ably assisted by Al Grey's muted, growling trombone, Sanford Moore's saloon piano and Dave Karr's New Orleans' clarinet. This performance is one of the highlights on an album where picking a highlight is downright difficult. "All the Things You Are" reveals the confidence these performers have in their individuality coupled with their ease in coalescing with those they share the stage with. Evingson does the lyrics in a medium tempo, but Peterson's piano comping is a bit faster than Evingson's time, while Irv Williams' is doing his own thing on tenor, and yet it works. Evingson has penned vocalese lyrics to the Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie bop anthem, "Anthropology". The resulting interpretation meets the high standards set by such purveyors of the genre as Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson.

It is clear from the support she gets from the musicians on this session that Evingson is becoming one of those very select vocalists who are known as musicians' singers, i.e., singers musicians like to work with. There is not a bad cut on this album. Some Cats Know is happily recommended.

Tracks:Some Cats Know; Medley: I Love Paris/It's Alright with Me; Close Your Eyes; More than You Know; Bluesette; I Wanna Be Loved; I've Got the World on a String; Medley: Yesterday/ Yesterdays; Accentuate the Positive; All the Things You Are; `Round Midnight; I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair ;Anthropology

Personnel: Connie Evingson - Vocals; Ray Brown, Terry Burns, Gary Raynor, Jay Young, Gordy Johnson - Bass; Sanford Moore, Jimmy Hamilton, Jeanne Arland Peterson - Piano; Reuben Ristram - Guitar; Phil Hey, Joe Pulice - Drums; Doc Severinsen, Gene Adams -Trumpets; Al Grey - Trombone; Von Freeman, Irv Williams - Tenor Saxophone; Dave Karr - Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet; Toots Thielemans - Harmonica; Jack McDuff -Hammond - B#3 organ

| Record Label: Minnehaha Music | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Infinite Spirit - Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band" CD/LP/Track Review Infinite Spirit - Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 4, 2016
Read "Aerials" CD/LP/Track Review Aerials
by Eyal Hareuveni
Published: April 20, 2016
Read "Solo Gemini" CD/LP/Track Review Solo Gemini
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 1, 2016
Read "Fe" CD/LP/Track Review Fe
by James Nadal
Published: August 30, 2016
Read "The Julian Hartwell Project" CD/LP/Track Review The Julian Hartwell Project
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 18, 2016
Read "Of the Tree" CD/LP/Track Review Of the Tree
by Dave Wayne
Published: October 9, 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!

Buy it!