168

Amy Banks: When the Sun Comes Out

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Amy Banks: When the Sun Comes Out Vocalist Amy Banks' third CD, When the Sun Comes Out, spun into a jukebox mode for me. Put a quarter in, play your favorite tune. Back in the early sixties, it was noted that people would play the same song over and over again on these "boxes," a phenomenon that greatly influenced pop/rock radio programming of the day. The same songs—the recents hot hits—could be heard two, sometimes three times an hour on your favorite station.

My personal jukebox experience with Banks' set involved an hour-plus car trip, a brand new in-dash CD player, an errant finger unintentionally fumbling the stereo into the "repeat" mode, and freeway speed driving that made it unwise to attempt to read the owner's manual in order to fix the "problem." The results: listening to every song at least twice before hitting the forward button, and listening to the particular favorites more than twice... a jukebox playing the hits.

Banks has a rich-toned soprano voice with some Nancy Wilson shadings as she covers a couple of pop gems, some jazz standards, and one fine original tune. The lady gets inside a lyric. Michael McDonald's "It Keeps You Runnin'," arranged beautifully, features a cushioned bass bounce and piano sparkle behind her fluid vocal delivery. When Banks, singing about heartache, says "Oh, I know how you feel, yeah, you know I been there," you believe her.

Phoebe Snow's "Poetry Man" is given a similarly personal treatment. The tale of of a sultry vamp's school girl-like crush (Banks does sultry vamp very well) that's magic in the hands and vocal cords of Banks and Company. I loved the original, but I'd missed the O. Henry twist at the end. Banks makes it very clear when she sings to the object of her infatuation: "Home's that place you go, to see your wife." Throw in a yearing soprano sax solo (Tim Warfield) and you've got a true hit, played over and over again on the jukebox.

The standard "Devil May Care" gets a fittingly jaunty treatment, while the classic "I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)" feels, of course, wistful, but Banks' voice conveys an inner strength that says she'll survive, as it does on another song of longing, the classic Billie Holiday vehicle "Lover Man." Banks closes the show with Hoagy Carmichael's jewel, "Skylark," as a showcase for the singer's beautiful intonation in front of spare, understated (just piano and bass) accompaniment.

A set full of jukebox hits.


Track Listing: How High the Moon; Poetry Man; Devil May Care; When the Sun Comes Out; I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes); It Keeps You Runnin'; Foul Play; Ruined for the Rest; Lover Man; Skylark. Recorded July 13 & 14, 2004 at Skyline Productions, Warren, NJ. Released November 2, 2004.

Personnel: Steve Rudolph, piano; Allen Farnham, piano; Steve Varner, bass; Rich De Rosa, drums; Tim Warfield, saxophone; Tony Miceli, vibraphones.

Title: When the Sun Comes Out | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Company I Keep CD/LP/Track Review The Company I Keep
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Ma De Re Sha CD/LP/Track Review Ma De Re Sha
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Ask Seek Knock CD/LP/Track Review Ask Seek Knock
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Air and Light and Time and Space CD/LP/Track Review Air and Light and Time and Space
by John Eyles
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Eleven Cages CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Cages
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Afro-Caribbean Mixtape CD/LP/Track Review Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 27, 2017
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 17, 2016
Read "The Dead Man" CD/LP/Track Review The Dead Man
by James Nadal
Published: April 4, 2017
Read "The Wild" CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 15, 2017
Read "Pensamiento" CD/LP/Track Review Pensamiento
by James Nadal
Published: January 7, 2017
Read "The Reasons Don't Change" CD/LP/Track Review The Reasons Don't Change
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 15, 2017
Read "The Magnificent Thad Jones" CD/LP/Track Review The Magnificent Thad Jones
by Greg Simmons
Published: November 10, 2016

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.