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One At A Time by Sue Matthews

Maryland-based vocalist Sue Matthews strikes a delicate balance on her latest album One At A Time. Full of torch, show tunes, and a Celtic number ("Caledonia"), and gospel hymnal ("Amazing Grace"), Matthews dares the listener to actually listen to her singing, giving the songs on One At A Time spartan arrangements and slow tempos. The emphasis is placed squarely on her voice.

It is a risky gamble, but Matthews manages to make that gamble pay off. She turns the Ellington blues number "Rocks In My Bed" into a sultry ballad, while using liberal doses of vibrato to "Caledonia" and "Here’s To Life". The songs are given room to develop, allowing Matthews to fully immerse herself into the lyrics, which she interprets as if she wrote them herself.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Sue Matthews
  • CD Title: One At A Time
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Renata Music
  • Musicians: Sue Matthews, vocals. Stefan Scaggiari, piano. Keter Betts, bass. Viktor Dvoskin, bass. Steve Abshire, guitar. Gerry Kunkel, guitar. Frank Russo, drums.
  • Rating: Three Stars
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