Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Dorothy Doring Phil Mattson Compositions By Ellington and Strayhorn

Dorothy Doring picked up this project after the summer of 2011. While attending a National Endowment for the Humanities workshop at Fairfield Uniersity and voraciously studying the like, time, and music of Duke Ellington suddenly the project with pianist Phil Mattson came to fruition.

Upon returning home, arrangements both solo and duo were worked out on selected pieces and finally narrowed down to eleven songs, hardly a dent in the Ellington/Strayhorn songbook but a size able and piece of qualitative study none the less.

For the jazz aficiansdo living in a cave over the past sixty years the song list here includes: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" along with "Lush Life" and "I'm Just A Lucky So and So." Perhaps the greatest or most intriguing part of this collection would be the variety in arrangement and a slightly more eclectic bill of fare for the Ellington/Strayhorn fan.

Doring has a delightful soulful voice that brings new like to some shop worn classics. Phil Mattson has a keen lyrical sense and harmonic base from which Doring and Mattson work together hand in glove.

New ground cut here? No...New ground need to be cut here? Not a chance. On American Idol, Steven Tyler said one of the few profound statements that I have ever heard him make. "Respect the melody." If you reharm a tune to the point the composer can not identify their own work then you have just mangled a perfectly good melody into something it was never intended to be.

4 out of 5 Stars.

Tracks: Day Dream; Everything But You; Something To Live For; Love You Madly; I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good; In A Mellow Tone; Lush Life; I'm Just A Lucky So and So; I Didn't Know About You; I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart; Heaven.