Christine Fawson is jazz chanteuse who happens to play the trumpet. Odd you may say, but it's true! Fawson has a peppy, "happy" style of singing, and she really shows it on this album. Phil Wilson's arrangements add a terrific musical backdrop for Fawson's style.
Fawson is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music and has performed in various festivals all over the world including the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival in Sydney Australia. She has also performed in numerous big bands in the New England area as well as the NYC-based band, DIVA. Fawson is also a member of Syncopation, a four part vocal jazz group, that has performed in various venues in the US and Japan. Some great names in jazz that are also in her performance roster include: Paquito D'Rivera, Christian McBride, Victor Mendoza, Kim Nazarian of New York Voices, Phil Wilson, Tim Hagans, and Joe Lovano.
Something that is becoming evidently scarce among younger jazz musicians, such as Fawson, is a lack of musical taste. But Fawson breaks that reputation with the selections on this album. Included are the standards "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Desafinado" as well as underplayed gems such as "Smile" and "A Kiss to Build a Dream On." Fawson shows a brighter future for newer musicians in the traditional idiom, and she does it with a sensual and sunny style. We'll be hearing more from this talented jazz goddess in years to come!Final Word:Christine Fawson is a very talented trumpeter/vocalist who has her heart seeped in the jazz tradition and her eyes and mind towards originality. Happy Talk is a great debut album by Fawson, but it's only a matter of time for her...only a matter of time.