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A Story Of Love by Doe Bender

Doe Bender updates the 'Ella Fitzgerald' sound but brings it into her Canadian own. The album consists not only of 'home compositions' but also some old standards as well and with the help of family and friends, this album recorded over three Sundays will help the time fly by on the fourth.

Great take on What A Wonderful World. Doe sings it close to Armstrong but brings a 'female' role to it and it works. Corcovado sees Dave Phyall sounding like Jim Hall, keeping it front, line and centre but not dominating the track--fans of Jim Hall will like this one. A Foggy Day is the 'Fitzgerald' reference I was talking about. Doe 'scat-sings' her way through this one and it brings us back to the 40' and 50's period of Ella and it shows that we can learn and bring something from the past and incorporate it into today.

Delving into the R&B catalogue we have Doe's rendition of Just The Two Of Us best known by Bill Withers. Her band add a 'tango' feel to this track and Steve Bagnell adds a 'Stan Getz-ish' style solo that for a second I thought Stan was there that Sunday. Great drum work here and through out by newcommer and young one Matt Bender.

Overall, Doe Bender and family and friends have updated some old and have created something new all to themselves. Their version of My Funny Valentine is new sounding, not just the same tireless version. There is a vast wealth of Canadian jazz talent across the country and Doe Bender who hails from British Columbia has created an album with the help of family and friends that will make the stroll through Stanley Park on that fourth Sunday even more enjoyable.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Doe Bender
  • CD Title: A Story Of Love
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Tracks: What A Wonderful World, A Foggy Day, Corcovado, Out Of Nowhere, Nearness Of You, All The Things You Are, My Funny Valentine, Just The Two Of Us, The Man I Love, All Of Me, At Last
  • Musicians: Doe Bender (vocals), Mark Bender (bass), Matt Bender (drums), Steve Bagnell (sax), Rob Goddard (piano), Dave Phyall (guitar)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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