Recorded from a live performance at Amherst College Iva Ambush and group run through a short play list of five standards. Despite the implication of the album's title, Torch Songs, not all of them are, e.g. "The Frim Fram Sauce" and "My Favorite Things". With no liner notes, it's hard to tell what the singer had in mind with the album title. Nonetheless, Ambush does well with the little there is on the agenda. Whimsical with "Skylark", upbeat , enthusiastic with "The Frim Fram Sauce", poignant with "Lover Man" and hopeful on" Please Send Me Someone to Love". She has good support from a solid set of local musicians. There's an outstanding bass solo by Wes Biles on "Skylark". Scot Ambush who has worked with Spyra Gyra, shows up with his bass on the last track.
With just 28 minutes of music, this album is far too shirt to reach final judgment on Ambush's capabilities. Hopefully just an appetizer of a fuller course of music for a future album.
Track Listing: Please Send Me Someone to Love*; Skylark*; The Frim Fram Sauce*; My Favorite Things*; Lover Man#
Personnel: Iva Ambush - Vocals; Wade Beach - Piano; Wes Biles*, Scott Ambush# - Bass; Art Cobb - Drums
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.