Crisp and charismatic tones often single out a select vocalist from any genre. The delivery and clarity of a melody is so vital to the feel of a tune. However, these qualities are so very often hidden in the world of independent artists, yet exciting when unearthed. Such is the case with Paula Lammers with her new release A Blanket in Blue launched by Nightingale Jazz in 2005. This being her unveiling one can foresee an intoxicating adventure ahead in the industry for Ms. Lammers.
What works in this offering are not only the vocals of Ms. Lammers, but also the arrangements that adorn the lyrics. The composition is befitting each cut and nicely presented for the listeners approved.
In the whole scope of the menu put forth by Ms. Lammers two cuts truly stand out, although all the presentations are worthy of numerous spins.
"In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," a Mann classic is arranged in such a way that the music brings out the best of Ms. Lammers tones. Note on this piece the guitar expertise of Clay Moore so set back and serene but able to come to the forefront with precise sound quality.
I always like to bring attention to an original spin when a new talent arises and in this case "Goodbye.... again" is under the spotlight. Arranged by Peter Schimke and Jeanne Arland Peterson it examines the angelic reference to lost romance. The Lammers tones are sweet and sensitive in nature with the keyboards of Schimke creating the solemn mood, a sensitive piece of jazz.
Out of the gate, this young sound has the potential to really step out in front of the pack in the independent world. Ms. Lammer’s panache and versatility can catapult her far if she allows the force of her talent to take control. The audience will want to follow her path as she grows. As for her debut offering, A Blanket in Blue is a fine start and pleasant listen to that entire jazz populace who takes the time to experience fine young talent.