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Rebecca Kilgore & Nicki Parrott - Two Songbirds Of A Feather (2015)

7-08-2015, 16:55
Music | Jazz | Vocal Jazz | Pop

Rebecca Kilgore & Nicki Parrott - Two Songbirds Of A Feather (2015)

Artist: Rebecca Kilgore & Nicki Parrott
Title Of Album: Two Songbirds Of A Feather
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Jazz/Pop Vocals
Label: Arbors Records
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 53:00
Total Size: 125 MB
Covers: Front

01. Two Little Girls From Little Rock (3:29)
02. Two Songbirds Of A Feather (3:47)
03. The Very Thought Of You Why Stars Come Out At Night (5:03)
04. Life Is So Peculiar (4:04)
05. When Love Goes Wrong (3:33)
06. 'S Wonderful (3:51)
07. Theme From Valley Of The Dolls (4:49)
08. They Say It's Spring (4:29)
09. Blue Moon Moon Glow (4:14)
10. Them There Eyes (3:24)
11. A Woman's Preogative (3:55)
12. El Cajon (3:20)
13. When I Grow Too Old To Dream (4:56)

Becky Kilgore - vocals, guitar
Nicki Parrott - vocals, bass
Mike Renzi - piano
Harry Allen - saxophone
Chuck Redd - drums

First off. There isn’t a moment on this CD, whatever the mood or tempo, that doesn’t swing. And it’s a deep intuitive swing: take, for example, the a cappella chorus that begins WHEN I GROW TOO OLD TO DREAM. With all due respect to the instrumental accompaniment — a fine band — Becky and Nicki are swinging in the best understated but authentic Basie manner when they utter the first syllable. And their voices — alternatively lighter, darker, flying, trading places in mid-air — go together perfectly, whether they are alternating phrases within a song, singing in unison or harmonizing. Each performance is full of small sweet surprises (including some witty banter) which makes the CD an old-fashioned experience, a “show” rather than simply two people standing at microphones and singing one song after another. One can hear that the routines have been carefully planned, but nothing is stiff or formal. They sound as if they are having a good time, fully enjoying the pleasures of music-making. The effect is never cute or artificial, but there is a good deal of cheerful play. And singers could learn so much from studying this disc.

Some highlights. Nicki and Becky essay some of their proven crowd-pleasers, with roots in Louis Jordan (PECULIAR) and the Marilyn Monroe songbook (LITTLE ROCK, WRONG) — but much of the material here is new to Kilgore-Parrott fanciers. There’s a clever arrangement of S’WONDERFUL, a racing romp on THEM THERE EYES, and several blissfully tender performances — the Ray Noble medley couldn’t be more sweet; VALLEY OF THE DOLLS is rueful and yearning; the BLUE MOON – MOONGLOW collation enables us to hear those familiar songs anew. And the title track, SONGBIRDS, has a lively chorus by Brian Wittman — living up to his name — a verse by Becky, music by Nicki. True group work! If there were still a network of hip radio stations, the performance of the Johnny Mandel – Dave Frishberg EL CAHON would be an instant classic.

The thirteen selections are wonderfully varied and paced, so the CD seems far too short. And the band rocks gorgeously around and with the singers.

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