Sometimes a CD comes along and surprises you quietly and powerfully with its complete perfection of vocal performances in such a manner that at first you are at a loss to describe it, and such is the case with Mary Pearson's "You and I." I would be hard-pressed to suggest a more perfect CD to jazz listeners for this moment in time than "You and I." It is a wonderfully romantic CD with great performances from jazz vocalist Mary Pearson, and musicians Steve Davis on drums, Lynn Arriale on piano, Fred Hersch on piano, John Hart on guitar, David Lahm on piano, Harvie Swartz on bass, who accompany Mary Pearson on different selections.
The selections on this CD are as perfect as the performances: "Lazy Afternoon," "The More I See You," "Take Five" (and if you have never heard the vocal to this Dave Brubeck classic, this is a fine introduction to it!), "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life" (one of the finest recordings ever done of this song!), "I Am Yours/ You Are Mine," "Thou Swell," "You and I," "In Your Arms," "How Long Has This Been Going On?," "My Funny Valentine" (this is a beautiful interpretation of this classic!), "I Can't Believe," "Over The Rainbow" (done in such a hauntingly romantic interpretation that you will find yourself listening to it over again!). All vocals and arrangements are by the gifted Mary Pearson.
This CD would make a wonderful gift for a lover or a friend or a relative, or as a gift for Mother's Day, or as a special gift for any day or night of the year! It is that good, that perfect!
Mary Pearson's "You and I" is destined to become a classic of love songs, blessed with a romantic jazz ballad approach that only Mary Pearson can deliver with such style, gracefulness, and most importantly, with such a touch of class and romance. Mary Pearson deserves much radio airplay with her magnificent "You and I." Purchase a copy for yourself and a friend! Beautiful jazz!