When a vocalist surround herself with quality musicians like pianist Frank Martin, guitarist José Neto, flutist Pedro Eustache, bassist John Peña and drummer, percussionist extraordinaire Alex Acuña, you got the feeling she must be good. And Ellen Honert is really good. Hummingville, the second album from this Netherlands native is a collection of good songs delivered by a group of amazing musicians.
Honert fine vocals and elegant phrasing captivates you from the first track, the samba like, "Hummingville", a Honert delightful original song about the excitement of falling in love. The music style of "Storylines", another Ellen original, is reminiscent of the jazz influenced singer, Basia.
Ellen wrote four additional songs on this CD, "Restless", "Tall Trees", the French lyrics of "Le Phare" and "Two Steps", a track with a reggae groove, showing her versatility as a composer. Frank Martin classy piano intro in the song "Life Talks" leads to one of Ellen most heartfelt interpretations.
Hummingville includes also a nice version of Sting "I was brought to my senses" and a lovely interpretation of Jazz Italian and wonderful singer/songwriter Chiara Civello "Here is everything". But is on Milton Nascimento "Bridges" where Ellen shows her vocal range moving with ease between those high and low notes.