Barbara Morrison may be the reigning Queen of improvisational joy!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Being tense can cause creative blocks be they in music or in life, Barbara Morrison teams up with Houston Person for a celebration of song and life with I Love You, Yes I Do. Singers sing, vocal artists can take you places and this is the wheel house of Barbara Morrison. Houston Person is one of the most versatile tenor players having successfully worked in virtually every genre music imaginable.
What makes this release work so well aside from the obvious chemistry would be that the songs go deep catalog. Morrison avoids some of the more cliché tunes and opts for songs such as the Isley Brothers classic "For The Love Of You" and then simply crushes the Great American Songbook classic from Rogers and Hart, "I Didn't Know What Time It Was."
There is a vibrant spirit to Morrison as she does more than sings the words, she makes the music. Houston Person is her perfect counterpoint while the rhythm section understands their roles in this improvisational exploratory of song and they are first rate!
There is something here for everyone. Nothing to grind on and perhaps the best review would be to call I Love You, Yes I Do a big lyrical hug! Fantastic!
Tracks: Save Your Love For Me; Canadian Sunset; I Had A Talk With My Man Last Night; Trust In Me; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Who Can I Turn To?; If It's The Last Thing I Do; Black Eyed Blues; I Love You, Yes I Do; And I Love Him; For The Love Of You; Blow Top Blues.
Personnel: Barbara Morrison: Vocals; Houston Person: Tenor Sax; Stuart Elster Piano; Richard Simon: Bass; Lee Spath: Drums.