Consistency from a record label can be a deal breaker during these tough economic times. The HighNote/Savant family is perhaps one of the two best straight ahead old school record labels rolling today with Barbara Morrison holding court as one of the most under rated if not over looked vocal talents in jazz. Toss in Houston Person on tenor saxophone and you get old school charm, elegance, and sophistication with Morrison and her latest, A Sunday Kind Of Love.
Savant would seem to have the market cornered with some of the best straight ahead vocalists today. Morrison has the unique ability to blend her soulful styling with the more traditional jazz vocalists of yesterday culminating in a perfect blend of jazz with a nice soul anchor for pure flavor on this debut release. Picking up Morrison is the musical equivalent of hitting the lottery for Savant. The versatile and well traveled Houston Person is about as righteous a tenor player that is working today proving he still has plenty of gas left in the tank and is a perfect addition to Stuart Elster on piano, Richard Simon on bass and Lee Spath on drums. For the uninitiated to the charm and style that is Morrison, her musical resume includes performing with Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Burrell.
Surprises here? None. This is a well thought out collection of the very best jazz standards and blues infused classics which is where Morrison is exceptional. Some of the tunes included here include the title track along with "My Romance", "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons" and an off the charts medley of "Smile"/ "Make Someone Happy" and "Let's Stay Together." Barbara Morrison and A Sunday Kind of Love could be considered the review the writes itself.
Tracks: I'm Just A Lucky So and So; Soft Winds; The Green Door; Good Morning Heartache; A Sunday Kind of Love; On The Sunny Side of The Street; I Cover The Waterfront; My Romance; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; I Love You for Sentimental Reasons; Medley: Smile - Make Someone Happy - Let's Stay Together.