All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

309

Rebecca Parris: You Don't Know Me

By

Sign in to view read count
How does a singer ensure that there's sufficient variety on a fifteen-song record that the attention of even a passionate jazz vocal fan doesn't wander? You Don't Know Me, the tenth recording that Rebecca Parris has appeared on, represents yet another successful response by the revered Boston-area vocalist to this challenge.

The album features two powerfully expressive tenor saxophonists (Houston Person and Jerry Bergonzi) on various tracks. They clearly project the type of strong instrumental voice which is capable of standing up to and complementing Parris' own well known potent delivery. Her pairing here on three tracks with Gary Burton's sparkling vibes, for the first time since 1993's It's Another Day, also adds considerable richness and depth.

But the bedrock of most of the tunes, in addition of course to Parris' own resolute honesty, intensity and intelligence, would have to be the well-integrated rhythm section of pianist Brad Hatfield, bassist Peter Kontrimas and drummer Matt Gordy, who consistently demonstrate the benefit of working together as Parris' rhythm section for a number of years.

The uplifting, mid-tempo opener, "Weaver of Dreams, find Parris swinging and features Houston Person's trademark vigorous sound on a stimulating solo. He also lends effective obbligato support to her on the ballad title track, which projects a strong gospel feel—somewhat ironically, given the country & western origins of the composer, Eddy Arnold. In the last of Person's three appearances, "Don't Go to Strangers, the biggest hit of his late long-time musical partner, Etta Jones, his Ben Webster-like tone fittingly dovetails with Parris' sensitive, soulful reading.

The medley of "Yesterdays and "We'll be Together Again finds her subtly sliding from the former into the latter so seamlessly that they appear to be one song. Perhaps the most insistently and easy-swinging number, "I Wish I Knew, launches smoothly after the beguiling ballad tempo verse. Parris and Jerry Bergonzi create what could serve as an excellent primer for jazz vocal students and their saxophone partners.

The Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin jewel "My Ship, with a gorgeously crystalline Gary Burton opener, followed by his and bassist Peter Kontrimas' majestic orchestral overtones throughout, provides a stunning background for Parris' interpretation, as much for what it says as all it suggests. The vibes/bass format also supplies appropriately touching, intimate accompaniment to Parris' hopeful take on the closer, "Smile, immortalized by Charlie Chaplin. Both of these numbers, among others, illustrate her impressive ability to sublimate her powerfully explosive chops and intense, natural emotion into the tenderness and nuance such songs call for.


Track Listing: Weaver of Dreams; I Didn't Know About You; All of You; You Don't Know Me; Lush Life; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Yesterdays/We'll Be Together Again; Don't Go To Strangers; I Wish I Knew; My Ship; Alone Together; Desafinado; Too Late Now; East of the Sun; Smile.

Personnel: Brad Hatfield: piano; Peter Kontrimas: bass; Matt Gordy, Jim Lattini: drums; Gary Burton: vibraphone, Jerry Bergonzi, Houston Person: tenor saxophone.

Title: You Don't Know Me | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Saying It With Jazz

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Profiles
Bailey's Bundles
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
You Don't Know Me

You Don't Know Me

Saying It With Jazz
2007

buy
My Foolish Heart

My Foolish Heart

KOCH International Jazz
2003

buy
The Secret of Christmas

The Secret of...

Shira Records
2002

buy
My Foolish Heart

My Foolish Heart

KOCH International Jazz
2001

buy

Related Articles

Read Circulate Susanna CD/LP/Track Review
Circulate Susanna
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 13, 2018
Read Jazzamenco CD/LP/Track Review
Jazzamenco
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 13, 2018
Read You Have Options CD/LP/Track Review
You Have Options
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 13, 2018
Read Heroes, Saints and Clowns CD/LP/Track Review
Heroes, Saints and Clowns
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 13, 2018
Read Bowie, Berlin & Beyond CD/LP/Track Review
Bowie, Berlin & Beyond
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 13, 2018
Read For You CD/LP/Track Review
For You
by Patrick Burnette
Published: November 12, 2018
Read "Happy Fire - New Kind of Jazz" CD/LP/Track Review Happy Fire - New Kind of Jazz
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 16, 2018
Read "Skyscraper Souls" CD/LP/Track Review Skyscraper Souls
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 17, 2018
Read "25th Anniversary Project" CD/LP/Track Review 25th Anniversary Project
by Geannine Reid
Published: February 22, 2018
Read "Ectotrophia" CD/LP/Track Review Ectotrophia
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: July 5, 2018
Read "When Sunny Gets Blue: Spring ’68 Sessions" CD/LP/Track Review When Sunny Gets Blue: Spring ’68 Sessions
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 12, 2018
Read "Ask For Chaos" CD/LP/Track Review Ask For Chaos
by Gareth Thompson
Published: August 18, 2018