A Syracuse, NY native now living and performing out of Raleigh, NC , Cyndra Fyore brings a sense of excitement and vamp to this her second recording.
Using her three and one half octave range to great advantage, Fyore waltzes through twelve tunes, two of which she composed. Her range gives her options to chose from in her delivery which here runs from cute and swinging to exotically sultry all within the framework of the jazz song. She sings into Chip Jackson's bass on "I've Got the World on a String" (recalling Slam Stewart's clever use of this technique} as she vamps through this 1932 standard. On the title tune "Steam Heat", Fyore "shoo-doos", her words for scatting. This is not the scatting most of us are used. It's more like syncopated humming mixed with the eccentric sounds that she creates. This track more than any reveals Fyore's approach to vocalizing. Like a true jazz singer, she uses her voice as an instrument. Rather than treating her colleagues as sidemen backing her vocal endeavors, she is the instrument which gets most of the solo time. The only problem is that the words sometimes get muffled.
A softer side comes to the fore on "A Time for Love", opened by the soulful tenor of Houston Person. The benefits of a voice with a wide range again are apparent as she uses slight swoops but avoids the temptation to let loose with her strong voice which could overwhelm the lyrics. Rather she lays down a rhapsodic, persuasive melody line on the slower numbers. And Mr. Person has his way with this tune improvising in, around, beneath and over the melody line. This track is a true tour de force performance as the intertwining of voice and sax on the coda is remarkable.
Accompanied by a fine group of jazz professionals, Fyore's style combines the best of Cleo Laine, Rose Murphy and Anita O'Day. This CD is a good addition to the vocal jazz library and is recommended.
Track Listing: Steam Heat; There Is No Greater Love; I've Got the World on a String; A Time for Love; Wave; Knock Me a Kiss; Brown Eyes; Dragonfly; I Thought about You; All Blues; You're My Heart's Delight; When You Wish upon a Star
Personnel: Cyndra Fyore - Vocals; Allen Farnham - Piano; Tim Horner - Drums; Chip Jackson - Bass; Houston Person - Tenor Sax
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone. Feet in the dirt, or barefoot on a stage with sequins--it's soul beats in my chest.
I was first exposed to jazz while others listened to surf music in the '50s and '60s, it was Monk, Miles, Satchmo and Ella, Rosemary Clooney and Julie London followed. Margaret Whiting, Les McCann, Willie Bobo, Andy Simpkins, Snooky Young, Bill Basie and Helen Humes. The first time I heard Topsy, Take 2, I about passed out at the age of ten.
I've hung with Les McCann who more than 30 years after our first meeting became my duet partner on my CD, Don't Go To Strangers. Karen Hernandez from the start, Jack Le Compte on drums, Lou Shoch on bass, Steve Rawlins as my arranger and pianist, Grant Geissman - guitar genius, Nolan Shaheed, Richard Simon, and more. The big boys. My Red Hot Papas. The best show I ever attended was...
I met Helen Humes first back in 1981 and helped turn one Playboy Jazz Festival night into her tribute, bring the Basie Band to stage, her joy boys. Before she took the stage for the last time to sing, If I could Be With You One Hour Tonight thousands of copies of the newspaper I wrote for carried her story. It was kismet, her being held by Joe Williams backstage. Soon in my life were the great Linda Hopkins who told me I sang the song she wrote better than her, which floored me of course, the energizing Barbara Morrison and the stellar Marilyn Maye who guided me professionally.
My advice to new listeners... let your backbone slip and feel your body stripping back the barriers that prevent us from being one with the music.
Remember none of us are strangers, we just haven't met yet.