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Michelle Latimer - Sings & Plays

3-04-2015, 18:21
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Michelle Latimer - Sings & Plays

Artist: Michelle Latimer
Title Of Album: Sings & Plays
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Rhombus
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 52:22 min
Total Size: 119 MB

01. Blue Daniel
02. Moon And Sand
03. Corcovado
04. Lush Life
05. (Love Is) The Tender Trap
06. Over The Rainbow
07. The Days Of Wine And Roses
08. Vierde
09. Fool On The Hill
10. Whisper Not
11. Angel Eyes
12. Lost In The City Together

Michelle Latimer is a rare commodity in jazz. Not only does she both sing and play the trumpet - she does both well. Having had the opportunity to see her quartet live on a few occasions, it is unavoidable that this CD does not entirely do justice to her music; however, having said this it is a very enjoyable listen. The album comprises a mixture of standards and originals which is well balanced, resulting in one of those albums that is enjoyable to listen to in its entirety, rather than having only a few good songs and a lot of filler. Michelle's style is very straight ahead. While she is clearly not a Chet Baker clone, she does have the acumen, as Chet did in his trio work, to hold back for emotive effect and not get lost in the technical aspects of playing. She does branch out in her arrangements a bit, very much in a "lounge music" vein, although not in what this phrase has come to mean these days but in the original sense of the word. Her voice is neither disaffected and breathy nor brassy and affected.

Instead it has an honest tone that is clear and emotive. The comparison made below to June Christy and Doris Day is an accurate one, but I would add that she reminds me of Judy Garland on some tracks like "Over the Rainbow" and "The Tender Trap." Her sidemen are all excellent, especially guitarist Scott Gould, and there are some amazing moments on this album. The solos are also impressive, with a seamless well-composed quality, like those of Louis Armstrong. In all, this is a good, solid first album. I cannot imagine anyone regretting buying this, as I would imagine they'd play it over and over again, as I have. That being said, it is a first album, so don't expect Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" or Billie Holiday's "Songs for Distingue Lovers," okay? Taken for what it is, this is an impressive first effort that hints tantalizingly of what is to come in her next album. ~drdna/CD Universe

Michelle Latimer (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn); Alex Candelaria (guitar); Mark Little (piano); Jon Evans (acoustic bass); Vince Lateano (drums).

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