Free spirited vocalist Catherine Dupuis delivers a fun and upbeat recording thanks to her joyous delivery as well as an all star band.
A pensive and somewhat introspective version of Cole Porter’s classic, All Through The Night
has Dupuis captivating the melody and riding it out with fine support from Stamm and Mays. Stamm offers up a lesson on how to construct a solo, and integrate it into the song. Stamm’s years spent with the likes of Maynard Ferguson as well as Thad Jones and Mel Lewis have served him well.
European bassist Martin Wind comps beautifully on the beautiful Carmichael classic, Skylark
. Mays gentle piano adds just the right touch for Dupuis to explore this lovely melody. Winds solo is of note here. He is one of the bright bassist’s to come out of Germany. His liquid execution is a joy to hear. Dupuis returns to close on this well thought out arrangement.
Sting’s compositions are a joy for most musicians to play. Heavy on melody and interesting turns, If You Love Somebody
is funkified in the hands of Dupuis. She tackles the tune in a sassy playful kind of way. Strong solo from Nash’s alto sax as he plays cat and mouse with Dupuis before Horners short percussive interlude.
Dupuis swings on this Peggy Lee/ Jack Marshall composition Things Are Swingin’
. Her tribute to the late songstress. The band is tight throughout with Dupuis scatting a la Sheila Jordan. One gets a sense that fun prevailed throughout this workout.
Dupuis scores with a solid effort. Convincing vocals and a band to die for make this a most enjoyable outing.