Monday, February 2, 2015

Maureen Budway Sweet Candor MCG 2015

 
Maureen Budway's Sweet Candor is a masterclass in style and elegance.
 
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
A former editor once gave me some sage advice about interjecting too much personal opinion unless there was some relevance to the release. Sweet Candor is the first release from Budway and sadly the last as this lyrical warrior lost her twenty year fight with cancer. I too am fighting cancer but this is not a sad occasion as Budway delivers an exemplary performance moving effortlessly through a variety of genres with a range most singers can only hope they achieve.
 
Budway passed on January 27, 2015 and Sweet Candor was delivered to their families on Christmas Eve. Powerful and the personification of true passion on a shiny silver disc her critically acclaimed brother David Budway joins her on piano. The best releases result in reviews that write themselves and Sweet Candor is no exception. The eclectic diversity includes the David Frishberg tune "Sweet Lover No More" featuring Sean Jones on trumpet and "Aquas De Marco" from Antonio Carlos Jobim. The Rogers and Hart classic "Spring Is Here" takes wings as this harmonic chameleon weaves a melodic spell that is captivating.
 
This is not a release you review but a release that you savor, embrace and cherish. A reminder of the joy of making music and the reality that life while fleeting is indeed a gift. This is Maureen's lasting gift and she will never be forgotten.
 
 
Tracks: I'll Close My Eyes; Sweet Lover No More; Del Sasser; Trav'lin Light; Americana Suite: The House I Live In; The White Cliffs Of Dover; Hard Times Come Again No More; Say It With Firecrackers; Gershwin Melody: How Long Has This Been Going On, Fascinating Rhythm, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Man I Love; Spring Is Here; Aquas De Marco; Lonely Cane.