Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cecily Kate Standards 2012

Another pretty girl running through a list of predictable standards right?

Sure Kate is attractive and yes the release is called Standards but instead of a predictable set list you have some more eclectic tunes that most traditional jazz singers tend to shy away from including "Stupid Cupid" and "Let's Do It." This is where Kate separates herself from that closely bunched female vocalist pack and draws upon her off Broadway background to add a touch of musical theatre to make these tunes breath some new life and turn in an incredibly entertaining performance along the way. And...she can sing!

Kate's wheelhouse is definitely the 40's, Broadway and some carefully chosen jazz standards. Where most singers that work the musical theatre side of the street are blessed or in some cases cursed with a set of pipes that can pin the ears back of the folks sitting in the last row, Kate exhibits remarkable control, a keen sense of phrasing and a nice sense of melody. In this case, pristine vocals are the musical equivalent of less is more. Cecily Kate is certainly an artist that qualifies as an "old soul" as she gives a most memorable performance of the Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern standard "Long Ago And Far Away" while backed by an incredibly tasteful trio. Another gem is the Cole Porter classic "It's Alright With Me." The Peggy Lee signature tune "Fever" is given a slight reharm but with a somewhat whimsical charm much like "Let's Do It" to earn bonus points for pure entertainment value alone. Kate takes on a couple of songs that Connie Francis made her own along with the previously mentioned "Stupid Cupid" she nails the Neil Sedaka penned (along with Howard Greenfield) "Where The Boys Are."

Let's face it, times change and music evolves. Connie Francis is gone and she is not coming back but with an entertainer like Cecily Kate around, that is o.k. There will always be time to make new memories.

Tracks: My Funny Valentine; Autumn In New York; Stupid Cupid; Fever; Long Ago And Far Away; It's Alright With Me; How Are Things In Glocca Morra; Where The Boys Are; Let's Do It.

Personnel: Cecily Kate Horner: vocals; Brad Ross: piano; Chris Bonner: double bass; Brian Pareschi: trumpet.