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This Is Always by Rebecca Sayre

Blessed with a sweet voice and a very competent band, Rebecca Sayre’s recent album entitled "This is Always" is a pleasant way of spending an hour. The selected pieces are standards by Cole Porter, the Gershwin brothers, Juan Tizol, and others. It’s a very safe album. The music is played impeccably and sung romantically. One could almost imagine sitting in a snug living room with one’s extended family listening to Rebecca Sayre singing on a radio fifty, sixty years ago. The only thing missing are the advertisements plugging AC sparkplugs and grim reports of the progress of the war. Or one could imagine her singing on a brightly lit stage in a deco-embraced New York nightclub swaying in a polka-dotted dress stepping to the beat in her ruby high heels. So, in a way the title of this CD is absolutely spot on, this is always. Things haven’t changed. It is a nostalgic album without much variation. It is like watching an old black and white RKO film.

"This is Always" is a pure dose of nostalgia. This is very much unlike recent albums of Paula West or Cassandra Wilson who re-interpret classic popular music within a contemporary context and, by doing so, provide a nuanced view of the past. Sayre does not so much interpret but mimic the styles of yesteryear. One has heard the songs before, and Rebecca Sayre sings the songs just how one expects it to sound. There are no surprises, but it is lovely music nonetheless.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Rebecca Sayre
  • CD Title: This Is Always
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Becca Records
  • Tracks: Everything I Love, Sweet Sue, Hey There, Perdido, What’s Your Story Morning Glory, All About Ronnie, Just in Time, I Get a Kick Out of You, This is Always, Who Cares?, Out of this World, In the Still of the Night
  • Musicians: Rebecca Sayre (vocals), Pat Burgeson (guitars), Tommy Giampietro (drums), Jerry Navarro (bass), Beegie Adair (piano), Denis Solee (tenor saxophone), Jeff Coffin(tenor saxophone)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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