Saturday, February 14, 2015

Chris McNulty Eternal Palmetto 2015

 
An intimate and personal look into the lyrical soul of Chris McNulty...
 
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
 
Eternal will be hitting the streets March 24th, 2015. An incredibly personal recording paying tribute to her late son while also including some compositions that speak to McNulty on an emotive level as well. The assembled trio is an all star collective with pianist John DiMartino, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. This is a release of simple unadorned splendor, an organic outpouring of emotion and love.
 
Highlights are virtually too numerous to list as standard such as Star Dust and Nature Boy are meticulously reinvented. McNulty does not merely sing the words, she makes the music as the band embraces this concept and plays with her, not around her. The addition of a chamber ensemble allows Eternal to create an eclectic hybrid of sound while never venturing past the more traditional intent of a vocal quintet. "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life" is nothing short of exquisite.
 
Eternal is another one of those all too rare releases that literally reviews itself. Simplicity is indeed the ultimate in sophistication.
 
 
Tracks: The Saga Of Harrison Crabfeathers; A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing; What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life; Where Is Love; You Are There; Star Dust; Nature Boy; Yesterday I Heard The Rain; Love Came On Stelthy Fingers; On A Clear Day; With Every Breath I Take; Boulevard Of Broken Dreams