Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Audrey Martin Living Room Blue Hydrangea Records 2014

Audrey Martin's debut in a intimate portrait of a stellar vocal artist!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Most debut releases from vocal artists are phoned in with the same tired predictable standards. Living Room is a rather unique collection of tunes that include a few standards but some magnificent arrangements of some more eclectic work such Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "I Never Meant To Hurt You" from Laura Nyro.
Audrey Martin has a pristine voice to compliment her spot on phrasing and highly emotive delivery. She doesn't sing a song, she sells it. Critically acclaimed pianist Larry Dunlap handled the production duties and arrangements. The end result of Dunlap's efforts are a release that is incredibly sophisticated with a deceptively subtle simplicity running just below the surface. The highlights are almost too numerous to list with such compositions as "April In Paris" and the Bobby Troup classic "Meaning of The Blues."
Martin's vocal career may have started later than most but in that tightly bunched sorority of female jazz singers she will move to the front of the pack quickly. A release that you will come back to time and again. Simplicity is the ultimate in sophistication. Virtually flawless.
Tracks: Living Room; Wild Is The Wind; Summer Me, Winter Me; Meaning of The Blues; Blue; Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye; I Never Meant to Hurt You; Calling You; The Touch of Your Lips; My Favorite Things; I Like You, You're Nice; April in Paris; Upstairs by a Chinese Lamp.
Personnel: Audrey Martin: Vocals; Larry Dunlap: Piano and Synthesizer; John Shifflett: Bass (except 5-12); Jason Lewis: Drums (except 5,9,12); Michaelle Goerlitz: Percussion (1,4,6,7,9,14); Mary Fettig: Tenor Sax 2, Soprano Sax 11, Clarinet 13, Flute: 14 
Special Thanks To Michael Bloom of Michael Bloom Media Relations.