Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

235

Belinda Underwood: Underwood Uncurling

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Portland, Oregon-based vocalist/bassist Belinda Underwood opens her debut with Mel Torme's "Born To Be Blue," employing a vocal style that seems a curious mixture of coy guilelessness and sultry sensuality. Not bad for someone who started as an instrumentalist—bass, violin, baritone ukulele, piano, harp—and then started singing late in the game because she couldn't make her bass play the sounds she was thinking, forcing her resort to her voice.

Underwood Uncurling features six of Underwood's own compositions, the highlight perhaps the title tune, which has a very Joni Mitchell vibe. She also tackles a couple of familiar standards—Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is The Ocean," featuring some marvelous phrasing in front of a vibrant arrangement; and "You Don't Know What Love Is," a loving nod to Billie Holiday infused with Underwood's own style.

Underwood is a talented lady. The mix of standards and originals here, played with understated but tasteful accompaniment, makes for an engaging listen in the singer/songwriter category—leaning toward jazz on the standards and looking in the pop/songstress direction (Joni Mitchell style) on her originals. "Invitation" (B.F. Kaper/P.F. Webster), featuring a backdrop of gently bubbling percussion, makes me think she'd sound wonderful—with that touch of hush that creeps into her voice at times—on a bossa nova set.

Visit Belinda Underwood on the web.


Track Listing: Born to Be Blue, Uncurling, Trees, Later Baby, How Deep Is the Ocean, World Peace Blues, Say My Name, You're Everything, You Don't Know Wqhat Love Is, Unspoken thought, Invitation , There Will Never Be Another You

Personnel: Belinda Underwood--voice, bass, baritone ukulele;John Gross--tenor saxophone; Clay Giberson--piano; Phil Baker--bass; Martin Zarzar--drums and percussion; Dan Balmer--guitar; David Friesen--Hamage bass; Airto Moreira--drums and percussion; Chad Wagner--piano; Jason Levis--drums

Title: Underwood Uncurling | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Cosmik Muse Rekords

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Lux CD/LP/Track Review Lux
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 20, 2018
Read Unleashed CD/LP/Track Review Unleashed
by John Sharpe
Published: January 20, 2018
Read I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert CD/LP/Track Review I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert
by Jerome Wilson
Published: January 20, 2018
Read 20 CD/LP/Track Review 20
by Ian Patterson
Published: January 20, 2018
Read Roppongi CD/LP/Track Review Roppongi
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 19, 2018
Read Is Life Long? CD/LP/Track Review Is Life Long?
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 19, 2018
Read "Live In Brooklyn" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Brooklyn
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "Instinct" CD/LP/Track Review Instinct
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 12, 2017
Read "Synchronic" CD/LP/Track Review Synchronic
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 25, 2017
Read "Songbook" CD/LP/Track Review Songbook
by Troy Dostert
Published: December 4, 2017
Read "Unnatural  Events" CD/LP/Track Review Unnatural Events
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 16, 2017