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My Romance by Banu Gibson

My Romance is an unusual, wonderful CD of 16 selections by jazz vocalist, Banu Gibson, with solo piano backing from John Sheridan and David Boeddinghaus. Banu Gibson puts wonderful feeling and tone into her performances, reminding me of a very contemporary bluesy sweet version of legend Ethel Waters. Banu is that good! She knows how to sing, and her phrasing for each selection is flawless!

Here are some of the selections with year of original publication for those of you who are jazz history researchers: The Gershwin brothers' "Somebody Loves Me" (1924), and "Love Walked In" (1938); "Fools Rush In" by Rube Bloom and Johnny Mercer (1940); "Blues in My Heart," by Benny Carter and Irving Mills (1931); "That Old Feeling," by Sammy Fain and Les Brown (1937); "A Woman's Intuition," by Victor Young and Ned Washington (1951); "My Romance" by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart (1935); "You Do Something To Me" by Cole Porter (1929).

Jazz pianist John Sheridan shines brightly with Banu on "You Do Something To Me," and his gifts as a great jazz artist are readily revealed. When I heard this version of a much overlooked classic Cole Porter song, I recalled that 1957 movie of Ernest Hemingway's novel, "The Sun Also Rises," which starred Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, and Errol Flynn. That song was featured in the movie.

David Boeddinghaus' fine talents as a pianist are in top form and the listener will enjoy his versions of the Gershwin selections, among others. His playing, like that of Sheridan, is excellent. These two pianists know how to blend style and techniques, and each is a perfect example of how jazz stride piano is handled in performance!

For a really nice look at a new jazz singer, get a CD copy of Banu Gibson's "My Romance." It will give you a good feeling every time you listen to these old standards. A great blend of contemporary jazz and swing! Great performances! Excellent! Five stars plus for a rating on Banu Gibson's "My Romance."

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Banu Gibson
  • CD Title: My Romance
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Swing Out Records
  • Musicians: Banu Gibson (vocals) John Sheridan (piano, tracks 2,4,6,7,8,12,13,15) David Boeddinghaus (piano, tracks 1,3,5,9,10,11,14,16)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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