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Behind The Smile by Antoinette Montague

The blues reign on this recording and Antoinette Montague has it down pat. On Big Bill Broonzy's "Give Your Mama One Smile" Bill Easley's clarinet opens matters with the perfect instrument for this tune and Montague lays it on the line with a no nonsense blues vocal. Easley's soliloquy is as hot as it gets as he drives Montague on home with glorious abandon.

"The Song Is You" is a switch to the pure jazz mode. The tempo is up and I'm typing with my foot jumping in time. Again Easley romps and stomps his way in no uncertain terms with a sax solo that swings and then some. Mulgrew Miller's piano has a hot time on the keyboard as he gets on this tune like it was something good to eat. Antoinette Montague's vocal matches the instruments with intensity and rock solid interpretive powers.

"Meet Me At No Special Place". Clever lyrics are the hallmarks of this blues and when you add a sax solo that is a study in soulful 'blueseration' it can get no better. This tune has been around a long time and the hipness of the words about a struggling love affair that ends with a generous helping of verbal asides, it is both humorous and thought provoking.

This album is a nice mixture of blues, jazz and gospel. The ensemble backs Montague with artful statements that are apropos to the song she is singing. The recording is an apt fit for the audiophiles senses with superb instrumental offerings and vocals that match the swinging trios intensity.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Antoinette Montague
  • CD Title: Behind The Smile
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: In The Groove Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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