Vocalist Mary Pearson's CD You and I is interesting in that each song is a duet in which she is accompanied by a lone instrument. It may be a piano (Lynne Arriale on four tunes, Fred Hersch on two), a guitar, a bass, or on two tunes, drums. While Pearson doesn't delve into scat singing or daring improvizational flights, her interpretations, phrasing, and articulation are excellent. Of the dozen tunes on the program, nine are standards and three are very competent Pearson originals. Most of the tunes are love ballads, and Pearson's husky, legato alto adds a measure of seductiveness to each one. The sparse one-instrument accompaniment on each song keeps the proceedings soft, interestingly interactive, and intimate. (Arkadia Jazz 71325)
Tracks: Lazy Afternoon; The More I See You; Take Five; What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life; I Am Yours/You Are Mine; Thou Swell; You and I; In Your Arms; How Long Has This Been Going On?; My Funny Afternoon; I Can't Believe; Over the Rainbow. (55:00)
Mary Pearson - vocals; Steve Davis - drums; Lynne Arriale, Fred Hersch, David Lahm - piano; John Hart - guitar; Harvie Swartz - bass.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.