Ms. Browning is a compelling young vocalist from Denver currently performing in Chicago and this session was recorded live at a little room named The Gold Star Sardine Bar on what must have been a quiet night, judging from the small but enthusiastic crowd.
The smoky voiced singer renders ten great tunes including You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, Peel Me a Grape, Black Coffee, and The Thrill is Gone. Stephanie tackles the old ballad "At Last", penned by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon in 1942. The singer cranks out the old tune as a blues. The strange thing is that it really works. Stephanie really gets carried away with her raucous version of "Honeysuckle Rose" and puts whitecaps on every beer glass in the house. Her vocal tag at the end of the tune was " it wasn't civilized". How true!
No vocalist can excel without great accompaniment and the trio works very hard to back the singer in fine style. Jeremy Kahn just has to be one of the finest accompanists on the scene. I compare his work with that of the late Frank Ortega who toured with countless vocalists during the 60s and 70s including Ed Ames, Rosemary Clooney and Kay Starr. Frank was a valued acquaintance of mine and is probably best remembered as the jazz composer/director of the TV detective show, 77 Sunset Strip.
Stephanie Browning pours out emotion with the generosity of a drunken bartender and is not a singer to be missed "live" or on record.
Top marks are awarded to this excellent CD