Rebecca Dumaine avoids the sophomore slump with an eclectic offering cutting a wider than expected lyrical path!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Traditional vocal jazz can get a bit tired and somewhat predictable because let's face it, Cole Porter is gone and he isn't coming back but that's o.k. Rebecca Dumaine & The Dave Miller Trio can swing yet develop a lyrical path that is fresh, organic and a far cry from the overly crowded pack of lounge singers that attempt to band out a release of standards for a quick payday.
Better Than Anything is a vibrant collection of tunes that play to the warmth of Dumaine's tone and the innate ability of father and pianist Dave Miller to move past the roll of traditional accompanist and into that of a more conventional musical director. Tunes here are familiar to those with the ability to go deep in the traditional vocal jazz literature of yesterday. "Oh Look At Me Now" is straight from the Great American Songbook while "Cheek To Cheek" is re-worked with the typical mangling of the melody with an arrangement totally out of left field. The true test of any artist is to take that classic memory that embodies vocal jazz and make it your own if for just a brief moment in time and Better Than Anything scores big here.
The Dave Miller Trio operates in perfect synchronicity with Dumaine and the resulting lyrical ebb and flow is relaxed, genuine and engagingly creative. For a second offering, Rebecca Dumain has indeed struck gold as her vocal warmth, phrasing and ability to crawl deep inside a tune and get comfortable are testaments to why this release is "Better Than Anything"...when it comes to traditional vocal jazz!
Tracks: Better Than Anything; You For Me; Sometime Ago; Oh Look At Me Now; No More Blues; What Is There To Say; I'm Gonna Go Fishin'; Telephone Song; I Just Found Out About Love; It Might As Well Be Spring; Cheek To Cheek: It's Love; Dreamer; Lucky To Be Me; That's All.
Personnel: Rebecca DuMaine: Vocals; Dave Miller: Piano; Mario Suraci: Bass; Bill Belasco: Drums.