Friday, May 31, 2013

Deborah Shulman & The Ted Howe Trio Get Your Kicks The Music & Lyrics of Bobby Troup Summit 2013


Jazz should be fun...More passion, less academia. Deborah Shulman & The Ted Howe Trio blow the dust off the West Coast cool sound which seems to have been hiding out in the jazz witness protection program to tackle the work of iconic songwriter Bobby Troup.

Shulman digs deep in the Troup catalog and turns in wonderful performances on such little known works as "February Brings The Rain" and "It Happened Once Before." The Ted Howe trio brings together an A list of top self accompanists with terrific arrangements all delivered with that special something that made the work of Bobby Troup stand the test of time. Naturally no good tribute type release would be complete here without such memorable tunes as "Route 66" and the classic "Girl Talk." Shulman displays that special gift of immediate connectivity with an audience and goes from singer to vocal artist in the blink of an eye. Ted Howe's arrangements seal the deal with an inventive style that helps breath a second life into some timeless classics.

Female vocalists are a tightly clustered pack of talented artists that on occasion can get a little "one note" thanks to the influence of shows such as American Idol and The Voice. Deborah Shulman brings a warm tone with impeccable phrasing with perhaps the best compliment being she does not sound like anyone but herself and that my friends is a beautiful thing!

Solid. Well thought out and incredibly entertaining!

Tracks: You're Lookin' At Me; Route 66; Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast; Daddy; Baby All The Time; Girl Talk; Lemon Twist; February Brings The Rain; The Three Bears; It Happened Once Before; Meaning Of The Blues.

Personnel: Deborah Shulman: vocals; Ted Howe: piano / arrangements; Kevin Axt: bass; Dave Tull: drums.