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Friday, July 04, 2014

CD Review: Isabel Stover - Her Own Sweet World

Isabel Stover (vocals); Jonathan Alford (piano); Fred Randolph (bass); Dave Tidball (saxopohone); Dave Bell (guitar).
(Review by Ann Alex)
Isabel Stover has sung in musical theatre, funk, r&b, classical opera and a jazz choir, and that wide musical experience becomes obvious when you hear this highly recommended debut CD.  And I’d guess that she can act as well, because she certainly brings out the full meaning of these songs in her richly textured voice. 
There are jazz standards: Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; Never Let Me Go; Nature Boy; The Song Is You along  with jazz-like treatments to Anthony Newley’s Feelin’ Good; Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes (Taj Mahal); Human Nature (Michael Jackson); and four songs about children, including Bill Evans’ jazz classic Waltz For Debby.  Add to this the very accomplished instrumentalists who have a fair bit of space for soloing, so what’s not to like?
I especially liked the musical evocation of a summer’s day on Feelin’ Good, with bee-like saxophone comments and background twinkling cymbals; Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, a very playful version with interesting chords and lots of bass.  This song is difficult to place emotionally (I’ve tried) and a playful version comes across well.  Never Let Me Go is wonderfully melancholy and the double tracked voice on Nature Boy gives the necessary mythical effect which suits the lyrics.
The CD was self-released on June 17, 2014.  See the website www.isabelstover.com  
Ann Alex.

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