Katie Thiroux is the real deal, the evolution of swing continues!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Sometimes the pretty girl can sing and in this case play a hell of a bass! This year may be the year of the debut release as Katie Thiroux kills it with her new release, Introducing Katie Thiroux. A well crafted and somewhat eclectic mix of tunes from the Great American Songbook, some forgotten standard and rock solid originals finds Thiroux proving she is a legit jazz triple threat! Thiroux is a top flight instrumentalist, composer and exudes a pristine yet vibrant vocal style that unlike some of her contemporaries is light but with a buttery finish. Natural talent aside, Jeff Hamilton does a masterful job as producer so swing is indeed the king. The band is A list with critically acclaimed guitarist Graham Dechter, and Roger Neumann on tenor sax and drummer Matt Witek. A solid collective that is as good as one can find.
So who does Katie Thiroux sound like on bass? Thiroux has her own unique voice but imagine that magical harmonic happy place somewhere between Ray Brown and John Clayton. Highlights are many and include the vibrant groove of the original tune "RoseBird." Standard such as "I'm Old Fashioned" and a somewhat rare performance of the vocal version of "Shiny Stockings" prove this young talent is far from a one trick pony.
Debut albums can be a wonderful introduction or a train wreck of epic proportions. You never get second chance to make a first impression. My first impression?
Tracks: There's A Small Hotel; Don't Be On The Outside; A Beautiful Friendship; Wives And Lovers; I'm Old Fashioned; Ray's Kicks; The One I Love; RoseBird; Can't We Just Pretend?; Shiny Stockings; Oh What A Beautiful Morning.