The Yukon features some of the most beautiful country in the world with Fawn Fritzen perhaps the best kept musical secret from this most inspiring of areas.
Brent Black / @CriticalJazz
As a critic there is nothing more pleasurable than to discover an Independent artist, a little gold nugget of sonic wonder. What is most exciting is when the artist reaches out to me in an attempt to make their voice known to a wider audience. I have to admit I hold talented artists such as Fawn to higher standards much in the same fashion that I am held to as an independent writer. Bedroom voice is a wonderfully conceived and well executed release that could stand along side virtually any major label vocalist one could think of. As jazz continues to embrace a global dynamic, Fawn takes her multicultural background to instill special flavors and texture to some ambitious original compositions and some artfully deconstructed classics.
"I'm A Fool For You" is a Fritzen original and were it not for a working knowledge of the material she has chosen to cover this might be a tune you could easily slip into the Great American Songbook with relative ease. It is rare for a vocalist to demonstrate this kind of ability as a lyricist but the end result is most impressive. Normally I would expect the lovely and talented Fawn Fritzen to take the easy way out, bang out a dozen standards and then resume life working the local club circuit. I love being wrong...
The iconic "Cry Me A River" is a deconstructed duet with Paul Lucas on guitar that is the perfect vehicle for Fawn to showcase her magnificent tone and spot on phrasing to indeed make that all important connection as an artist and thus make this composition her own if only for a brief moment in time. The Sonny Burke / Paul Webster tune "Black Coffee" is simply crushed and works so incredibly well due largely in part to the stellar arrangement.
Critical "suggestions" are few and far between and hypercritical is simply falling under the taste being subjective category of analysis. In short, nothing to really grind on here.
Delightfully conceived, ambitious and highly entertaining would best sum up this rock solid performance from the lovely and talented Fawn Fritzen.
4 Stars and a name to remember!
Tracks: Life So Sweet; Cry Me A River; I'm A Fool For You; If It Be Your Will; Black Coffee; You Don't Know What Love Is; The Gentle Rain / Sanfter Regen Fallt; Under My Skin; Tout Doucement; Hushabye Mountain; Sad Song.
Personnel: Fawn Fritzen: Vocals; Daniel Janke: Piano,Prepared Piano,Organ and Upright Bass; Ken Searcy: Drums, Guiro, Snare Drum, Brushes, Cymbal; Daniel Timmermans: Trumpet; Paul Lucas: Guitar; Dave Haddock: Electric Bass; Andrea McColeman: Marimba.