Singer Morgonn Ewen wrote half these songs on her recording and co-wrote two others. They're interesting tales and commentary on the way things are: "Stifled" tells of the inadequacies we sometimes feel when we're unable to express our true feelings. "Ma Bella Gina" rolls on lightly, putting a smile on your face. "Crazy II" is everyman's theme about the daily routine and how we live it without goin' off the deep end.
"Marlow" comes out of film noir with drama, free expression, and a subtle message about "letting yourself go." Fear is the "That F Word" mentioned in the opening title. "Photographs" looks back to childhood with somber thoughts, emphasized by Joe Allen's clear trumpet, David Restivo's sensitive piano, and George Koller's versatile bass.
"What We See" is a loose blues with a soulful message about loneliness and regret that matches Allen's wah-wah trumpet and Ewen's articulate lyrics & scat singing. She's studied with Anne Marie Moss and Sheila Jordan, attended both Banff School of Fine Arts and CalArts, studied with Anthony Braxton, Kenny Wheeler, Pat LaBarbera, and others. (There's more information available athttp://www.interlog.com/~cmc/ds/CDs/Whatwe.html .)
The rhythm section of pianist Restivo, acoustic bassist Koller and drummer Great Bob Scott provide an excellent foundation for Ewen's fresh approach to jazz singing. Alto saxophonist Richard Underhill fills on the opening track, trumpeter Joe Allen joins the ensemble on four songs, and guitarist Jono Grant joins the bassist to accompany Ewen on a heartfelt "Can't Help Lovin' That Man." Recommended.