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Trying to overcome that constant problem all jazz singers face - - coming up with an album without having to resort to the time-tested standards - - Napúa Davoy has hooked up with her long time pianist accompanist Andrei Kondakov for a program of original material, most composed by the Russian Kondakov. Also original, "Simon Says", written by saxophonist Bobby Watson to which Davoy put the words. All the tunes are sung in a manner which shows the Davoy has a good feel for the lyrics. There are times when things get a bit overblown such as a ruckus between her and Allen Won's constant, insistent, cloying soprano sax. Presumably, Won's playing is to represent passion and insistence. On a much calmer note, Kandakov engages in a tender, expressive presentation of his "Song for Michel" backed by the supportive bass of Charnett Moffett and the gentle drumming of Lenny White. Another outstanding track is Davoy's own "A Little Time for Me", a plea for giving the chance of falling in love a go by hanging out together for just a little while "`cause nobody knows" how it will all work out.
Davoy has the complete package. She can be tender and then strong depending on what the musical moment calls for. Her phrasing is excellent and her diction clear. She manages to come across as a true jazz singer without having to resort to excessive swoops and sweeps. For me the tracks that were most enjoyable were those Won didn't overwhelm with his soprano. Won notwithstanding, this CD has many pleasant moments that most can enjoy. The lyrics are printed in the liner notes.
Track Listing: Until We Meet Again; Get on Up; Love to Start My Day; Chance; A Little Time for Me; Song for Michel; Noel; Simon Says; Goodbye
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.