Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Karla Harris Sings The Dave & Iola Brubeck Songbook Summit 2015

 
Rich, full bodied and with a slight buttery finish, Karla Harris has mad skills!
 
Brent Black / criticaljazz.com
 
Having built a reputation as brutal in regards to female vocalists allow me to state categorically that Karla Harris works at a totally different level! Sings The Dave & Iola Brubeck Songbook finds Harris and an all star lineup digging deep for some lesser known gems to compliment such standards as "Take Five." The band includes lyrical bassist Tom Kennedy and drum phenom Dave Weckel along with pianist Ted Howe and saxophonist Bob Sheppard. Percussionist J. Cricket beings the tunes down to a more organic feel while Harris masterfully manipulates melody with out mangling the original harmonic direction. Respect.
 
Karla Harris is a vocal artist with impeccable phrasing and the innate gift to have the band play with and not around her as she moves effortlessly through some stellar material. Tunes such as "Far More Blue" and "Trav'lin Blues" have an effervescent swing that few of her contemporaries could present as convincingly. A release such as this is normally a phoned in standard version of the "Best Of" with minimal thought and even less soul. A one word review? Refreshing!
 
 
Tunes: Take Five; The Duke; Easy As You Go; Far More Blue; In Your Own Sweet Way; There'll Be No Tomorrow; My One Bad Habit; Summer Song; Strange Meadowlark; Weep No More; Trav'lin Blues.