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14-05-2015, 07:08
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Sheena Davis Group - Smile

Artist: Sheena Davis Group
Title Of Album: Smile
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Jazzizit Records
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 50:31 min
Total Size: 115 MB
WebSite: Amazon

01. It Might As Well Rain Until September
02. Smile
03. Dancing Leaf
04. Beyond the Sea
05. I'm Into Something Good
06. Three Little Words
07. Travelin' light
08. Forever Autumn
09. Orange Colored Sky
10. My Guy
11. Sum de Dum Do
12. The Very Thought Of You

I really wish I could become more enthusiastic about this album. Sheena Davis is a very good singer, and her accompanists are about as solid as Gibraltar. But when it comes to vocalists I’m a tough sell, and in spite of her obvious assets a well–trained voice, adequate range, admirable intonation Davis somehow fails to impress, because like many other young singers she’s trying too hard to do so. In other words, I can hear her working at it, and I shouldn’t be able to, nor should you. Without making any comparisons, which would be patently unfair, one of the things I loved about, say, Frank Sinatra or Mel Torme (and still love about Rosie Clooney) is that one almost never hears them working to impress. They simply sing, and the emotion flows naturally from within some wellspring of life and experience. Perhaps their choice of material has something to do with that, but Davis has made some splendid choices on Smile, not the least of which is the title selection itself, which she interprets in the breathily theatrical way she evidently fancies on ballads (such as “Travelin’ Light,” “Forever Autumn,” “The Very Thought of You” and, to some extent, Petula Clark’s hit, “My Guy”).

Davis does write a good tune, having collaborated with bassist Robert Rickenberg on two of the album’s highlights, “Dancing Leaf” and “Dum de Dum Do” (which is much better than its name indicates). After singing / scatting through that one at breakneck speed, Davis reveals a keen sense of humor with the closing remark, “I’m not doing that one again.” Must have been a first take! The session opens in a charming groove with “It Might as Well Rain Until September,” which shows how talented her back–up crew is (stalwart support from Rickenberg, pianist Tom Cawley and drummer Pete Cater, topnotch solos by Cawley and Rickenberg). Guitarist Jim Mullen sits in on “Smile,” “Something Good,” “Three Little Words” and “Forever Autumn,” and raises the ante on every hand he’s dealt. Mullen is a consistently sharp improviser, as is Cawley. But this is a vocal album, and it is Davis who bears the lion’s share of responsibility for its success or lack thereof. While one listener remains essentially unmoved, his could well be a minority opinion. As we conceded at the outset, Davis is a very good singer, and her album may cause many less finicky music–lovers to smile quite often. ~ Jack Bowers

Personnel: Sheena Davis, vocals; Tom Cawley, piano; Rob Rickenberg, bass; Pete Cater, drums. Special guest Jim Mullen, guitar.

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ogutierrez   User offline   15 May 2015 06:05

Thank you v. m.

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