This young unit places an energetic and creative approach to jazz standards and adds three fine original compositions by pianist Jesse Peters. His "Not Meant To Fall" is a beautiful ballad taken at a gently swinging tempo. Jesse and Caroline share the vocal duties and Rick Kilburn sits in on string bass.
The trio handles old standards with authority considering that no member of the threesome has yet reached the age of 23. Included are Summertime, Fever, Days Of Wine And Roses, Fly Me To The Moon, All Or Nothing At All, Cheek To Cheek and the beautiful "When Your Lover Has Gone" penned by E.A. Swan in 1931 and popularized by Lee Wiley among others.
Caroline Drury has smooth and sultry voice that lend itself beautifully to the jazz medium. Jesse Peters is a brilliant pianist and weaves his way through the arrangements with the dexterity of players many years his senior. His singing voice is definitely from the Sinatra school. Graeme Peters is a very tasteful drummer and a real asset to the trio. Bassist Rick Kilburn joins the group on nine of the 13 tracks and drops into a solid, swinging groove.
An added attraction is the appearance of Ingrid Jensen on three tracks. Ingrid is a recipient of Canada's prestigious Juno Award for best jazz recording of 1996. Her trumpet and flugelhorn artistry is respected internationally. Her solo on "Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't" is beautiful. If you have never experienced Ingid's artistry, this will be a nice introduction.
This session was recorded in Vancouver, BC as I imagine studios are difficult to find in Whitehorse, Yukon. This is a very good session and a wonderful debut for the trio. We look forward to hearing more and especially a few new Jesse Peters compositions. Please don't put the pen away Jesse.