Hunter Adams (Piano) made a significant contribution to the quality of this project through his work on the arrangements, and assembling a quality band to back Beaky. Along with Adams, Carl Coan on Saxophone and Michael Ross on Guitar were supported strongly by the rhythm section of Marc Piane on bass and Tyrone Blair on drums. I was also impressed by the engineering quality of this disc. The choice of recording setup for Beaky gives her the added quality of recording through a vintage microphone, and the engineers deliver the essence of what is Beaky’s unique voice.
If there is a weak point in this work, then it comes during Beaky’s interpretation of Skylark. This is the only song on the disc where Beaky sounds strained and appears to be stretching to get the range and tone right for her, and for the song. All other selections fit well into Beaky’s range and capability and enable her unique voice to flourish. Strong showings include Black Coffee, The Man I Love and the steaming Angel Eyes.
Good song choices, solid backing musicians, and excellent production make this debut CD a winner.