Judi Silvano provided the soprano voice for Joe Lovano's 'Rush Hour" and "Celebrating Sinatra."( Lovano reciprocates by appearing on two cuts on this CD.) The lady is a composer, arranger, conductor, teacher and a creative singer. She possesses a voice of remarkable range, and a great taste for lyrics.
The rhythm section drives as an organ-led section will, and Silvano allows them plenty of playtime. The players are Larry Goldings, guitarist Vic Juris, drummer Victor Lewis and Essiet Essiet on bass. They are electric!
Six of the songs are Silvano's. They comment on life and love and all of them swing. There is stratospheric scat with Lovano on "Climbin' the Peak," and a wordless "Listen to Me." Seniors will appreciate the distinction she draws between "old" and "classic" which she does with wit in "Make It a Classic," the song I wish I wrote.
The songs Silvano wishes she wrote are tasty and by a variety of writers. They include the Thad Jones/Abbey Lincoln ballad "When Love Was You and Me" and Strayhorn's "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing", Lovano furnishes fills-and a great solo-on the latter tune. "If I'm Lucky," where she works with Juris alone and "Something Tells Me" are lovely songs-each with a verse. A lightly swinging Dorough/Landesman tune ,"Without Rhyme or Reason" and "I Love Music," ethereal and reminiscent of Jobim, complete her selections.
Silvano says of her teaching, "I stress line and flow of sound and connecting with the poetry of a song." She practices what she preaches.