Not a great or essential cd but Vanessa Rubin has an excellent voice which lends itself to jazz. Only eight of the selections that I recognized but she does a nice job on everything. One that surprised me was "All For One" which is apparently the vocal version of Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil". "Morning" is one I associate with the late Cal Tjader. Steve Turre plays conch shells on this one .....and it works. He also makes three other appearances on trombone. Toots Thielemans appears on "Once Upon A Summertime" and "Close Enough For Love". One of my favorite cuts is "Black Coffee". I read a review elsewhere by a professional critic that said the best versions of this have already been recorded so many times and it is dated material so "why do it again?". I disagree since it's one I still like to hear and the bass entrance and Steve Turre's growling trombone solo along with her aside comments about the relationship with her man make it a very entertaining version...
Critical write ups of this fine record always fail to mention that Ms. Rubin does her own takes on two STING songs from his TEN SUMMONER'S TALES disc . She does a beautiful job with both . "It's Probably Me" and "Seven Days" . Kevin Eubanks (guitar) graces the disc's first two tracks beautifully (soloing so beautifully) . Toots Thielemans plays wonderful harmonica on two other tracks of the twelve here (soloing amazingly) . Steve Turre plays magnificent trombone on three tracks and conch shells on yet another (soloing gorgeously) . The Drummer on six songs is none other than Marvin "Smitty" Smith (playing remarkably , as always) . Alex Acuna is the drummer on three others . Dave Carpenter plays acoustic bass on three songs . Bob Hurst is the acoustic bassist on five others . Michael Lang is the lone pianist (acoustic only) on six numbers . Oscar Castro-Neves is heard on acoustic guitar on four songs . Paul Jackson Jr. does fine guitar work on three songs . Two songs are duets for Ms...
This cd is a must for any singer over 30! She is the bomb!
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