Chris McNulty - Whispers the Heart
Artist: Chris McNulty
Title Of Album: Whispers the Heart
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Elefant Dreams
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 66:42 min
Total Size: 138 MB
01. Summer Me, Winter Me
02. Make It Easy
03. Come Rain or Shine
04. Lonely Town
06. If You Never Come to Me
07. How deep is the Ocean
08. Quiet Your Thoughts, part 1
09. Quiet Your Thoughts, part 2
10. I Should Care
11. Lullaby for a Young Boy
12. When Love was You and Me
On her 6th release, "Whispers the Heart", Chris McNulty has once again hand picked a veritable who's who from the contemporary jazz scene, along with an appearance by tenor sax great Frank Wess, who contributes an exquisite solo on the Bacharach/David tune "Make It Easy On Yourself". From the opening tune to the very last you will be reminded over and over again of just how much passion, heart and musical savvy this vocalist-composer infuses into everything she sings.
Along with her co-producing partner Paul Bollenback, who shares the stage with Chris on several stunning ballads as well as contributing several arrangements, this recording also features the work of Ingrid Jensen, Dave Pietro, Tineke Postma (Holland), Ed Howard, Matt Wilson, Rogerio Boccato, Gary Versace and Montez Coleman.
The recording kicks off with Bollenback's hard swinging arrangement of Michel Legrand's "Summer Me, Winter Me", and melts into a stunning rendition of McNulty's arrangement of "Make It Easy On Yourself". "Come Rain or Shine" follows in a similar hard grooving fashion to the opening track, ending as a shuffle romp with McNulty's voice wailing over the top. "Springosphere", one of several McNulty originals, features her string quartet arrangement and is just as the title suggests, an exuberant, uplifting and powerful statement both compositionally and lyrically. Her renditions of "If You Never Come" and "How Deep Is the Ocean" shine, attesting to why McNulty is so highly regarded for her ballad singing. "Quiet Your Thoughts" opens with an ethereal quality featuring horns and voice exchanging simple melodic variations and works its way into a shifting Latin groove. The album ends with the magnificent Thad Jones composition, "When Love Was You And Me (Summary)" performed as a duet in the most intimate of settings, highlighting the exquisite chemistry between McNulty and Bollenback.
"Whispers the Heart" is as passionate and stirring as it is ground breaking in style and originality.
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