Monday, March 18, 2013

Samanatha Carlson Day In - Day Out 2013

 It far too easy to do a riff on the Great American Songbook, pick up a check and on to the next gig. The vast majority of females singers seem to take the easy route while the true vocal artist takes the time, effort, and energy to take tunes from George Gershwin, George Shearing and a tune co-written by the great Johnny Mercer and work work their improvisational magic on some of the greatest music of our time. I would be disingenuous if I failed to mention G.D. Weiss co wrote the "Lullaby of Bird land." George and Ira Gershwin teamed up for "Embraceable  You" and a "Foggy Day." These are the songs of Americana, timeless classics that only an artist can make live and breath again.

Carlson nails this release with immaculate phrasing, stellar diction and projection and in short gives a master class in vocal technique. Females singers are a crowded lot and for the most part are like nails down a chalkboard for me. Samanta Carlson is a sublime artist that more than sings a beautiful melody, she interprets the same melody if the way the masters would. Improvisational genius.

In the press release Van Alexander, band leader, arranger, composer. Arranger for the Chick Webb show, Ella Fitgerald and Dean Matins along with Bing Crosby variety show posed a vary interesting question.

Can a critic write  fan letter? In this particular case yes!

Tracks: Day In-Day Out; Sway; Embraceable You; The Man I Love; Song of Raintree County; Misty; A Foggy Day; But Beautiful; Lullaby of Birdland.

Personnel: Samanata Carlson: vocals; Phillip Burkhead: piamno; Bill Jackson: bass; William Brian Hogg: tenor and soprano sasx; Dan Dorff: drums.

May 17/2013 Street Date. Video via You Tube. Thanks to Jim at Jazz Promoservics.

Samantha Carlson