Sometimes the unexpected happens, you hear a CD and it surprises you calmly yet powerfully. That was the case with jazz vocalist TuTu Puonane's Song. The vocal selections were complete to perfection. I would be hard press to suggest a more perfect CD to jazz listeners .
This is Ms. Puonane's first solo album with her own quartet; yet she has received numerous awards from her Country in South Africa and has toured extensively in the United States.
The selections feature pianist, Ewout Oierreux, Drummer, Jasper Van Hulten, and Bassist Guus Bakker.
You are greeted by "Just About Everything," which feels like a bright sunny day made complete with the one you love . It's followed by "That's All," a song that strolls gently along with the expression of geniune delight. You can almost feel the connection with the start of a new romance in "For the Time Being".
"Rejoice" is a song that defines triumph, joy, and freedom. There is pure elegance in TuTu's rendition of "He Needs Me", followed by the alto saxophonist as he sings the sun up in "You Are My Sunshine." As we listen to "Mango Picker," "Song," In the Case of You," and "Ke A Go Leboga ( I thank you)," we know that TuTu Puonane has put together a beautiful collection of jazz material.