Recently my JazzReview
colleague, Don Williamson, penned a wonderful review of Carol Mennie’s CD. As a review copy of I’m Not A Sometime Thing
also found its way to my desk, I’ll echo my associate’s feelings.
Mennie’s album is certainly from the heart. The singer is energetic, powerful and soulful no matter the nature of the tune at hand. Her notes are as crisp as tomorrow’s breakfast cereal. Couple Carol Mennie’s fine voice with some good material and superb musicians and a great recording emerges.
Mennie’s husband, guitarist Dom Minasi
contributes not only delicious accompaniment, but adds several compositions to the set. I found Angela
and Jazz, Jazz, Jazz
particularly impressive. The husband and wife team carry off a fabulous duet performance on He Was Too Good To Me
. I fell in love with the song when I heard Barry Galbraith’s version on vinyl many years ago.
When auditioning CDs, it’s my habit to have the press release on my desk and I jot down short comments next to the song list. I notice now that when I heard Carol Mennie’s version of Willow Weep For Me
, my notation was merely "WOW!"
Throw in some great instrumentalists like Patience Higgins
and ex-Blakey trumpeter Valery Ponomarev
and you are in for a highly enjoyable session. It was nice to hear avant-garde pianist Michael Jefry Stevens
in a highly mainstream performance.
The new disk will appeal to a wide cross section of jazz tastes.