Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Marlene Ver Planck Ballads...Mostly ACD 2013

Marlene Ver Planck to Celebrate New CD BALLADS...MOSTLY at Shanghai Jazz, 6/23

Marlene Ver Planck is a vocal fixture that may not get near the credit she deserves both for longevity and consistency of presentation. Ver Planck has a pristine voice and has released her 22nd cd to add to her immense discography.

You know Ver Planck is held in high esteem within the jazz community as special guests include the great Houston Person on tenor saxophone and Brazilian icon Claudio Roditi on fluglehorn. An eclectic mix of popular standards and Brazilian favorites may have this release as arguably her finest to date. Ballads...mostly works incredibly well thanks to Ver Planck's keen sense of melody. If runs, trills and other vocal pyrotechnics are your thing then keep moving. Ver Planck allows and appreciates the value of a great melody and allows the music to stand on merit and especially when accompanied by what could be considered an all star line up.

"Witchcraft" and the Ivan Linz / Paul Williams tune "Love Dance" are two of the highlights of this incredibly entertaining package. Marlene Ver Planck is one of a handful of vocal artists to take the Great American Songbook and make it her own without mangling a beautiful melody or attempting to walk the self indulgent tightrope that can make or break a such a wonderful talent.

Old school done with style and just the right amount of pop to make the variety of tunes served up here a beautiful thing.

4 Stars

Tracks: I Wish I Knew; Withcraft; My Dream Is Yours; Love Dance; I Only Have Eyes For You; It Amazes Me; Baby Dream Your Dream; There Will Never Be Another You; The Rules Of The Road; I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life; I Walk A Little Faster; Listen To The Piano Man; Why Try To Change Me Now; You Fascinate Me So; Why Was I Thinking Of Springtime.

Personnel: Marlene Ver Planck: vocals; Mike Renzi: piano (1,3,5,6,8,10,11,13); Houston Person: tenor saxophone (1,3,5,13); Claudio Roditi: flugelhorn (2,4,9,11); Jay Leonhart: bass (1,3,56,8,10,11,13); Tedd Firth: piano (2,4,7,9,12,14,15); Boots Maleson: bass (2,4,7,9,12,14,15); Ron Vincent: drums.

Special Thanks To Jim At Jazz Promo Services.