The world may need love now, but it also needs more original artists like Laura Theodore. The vocalist opens her new CD with a smoldering and sultry "Some of My Best Friends Are The Blues"... and the band gets the blues, too, with an R&B atmosphere and a stinging muted trumpet solo followed by the salacious growl of tenor sax.
Laura Theodore explores her full four octave range on this outing, sometimes on the same song, and she also explores a range of styles – delving into deep blues on the opener; hard swing on "Come Rain or Come Shine"; a seductive bass/vocal caress on "How Deep is the Ocean"; a bright and brassy take on that song that Peggy Lee made famous, "Fever," the band wailing. It sounds like it was a gas to watch this one get put down on tape – it's brasher and less sultry than Ms. Lee's take, but no less compelling, and it's obvious that Laura T. loves this tune.
Theodore's vocal style is original, flowing from a rich and resonant low end to a girlish and charmingly coy higher register. And unless you've heard her before, it takes – as with any new encounter with unfamilar originality – a couple of listens to get it... but those couple of listens pay off. Her takes on the standards are reverent but distinctively her own, with the arrangements showcasing each song individually, without losing the atmospheric cohesiveness necessary for synergy and depth.
Track Listing: 1. Some of My Best Friends Are the Blues (Byron/Harris) - 4:41,
2. I'm in the Mood for Love (Fields/McHugh) - 2:16,
3. Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen/Mercer) - 1:59,
4. How Deep Is the Ocean (Berlin) - 2:26,
5. Fever (Cooley/Davenport) - 3:43,
6. The Very Thought of You (Noble) - 5:15,
7. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington/Russell) - 2:51,
8. What the World Needs Now Is Love (Bacharach/David) - 3:56,
9. S' Wonderful (Gershwin/Gershwin) - 3:44,
10. You've Got to See Mamma Ev'ry Night (Or... (Conrad/Rose) - 2:22,
11. Why Should I Care (Eastwood/Sager/Thompson-Jenner) - 3:23,
12. A-Tisket A-Tasket/The Lady Is a Tramp (Alexander/Fitzgerald) - 2:47
Personnel: Laura Theodore - Vocals,
Chuck Bergeron - Bass,
Brian Murphy - Piano,
Dave Wolpe - Arranger,
John Kricker - Trombone,
Doug Michels - Trumpet,
Herman "Teddy" Mulet - Trumpet
Year Released: 2003
| Record Label: Bearcat
| Style: Vocal
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.