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Sunday, May 10, 2015

CD Review: The Consequence Of You - The Dave Miller Trio with Rebecca Dumaine

Rebecca DuMaine (vocals); Dave Miller (piano); Mario Suraci (bass); Bill Belasco (drums); Brad Buethe (guitar)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Lance handed me this CD with a stern warning: I was told that this singer is the epitome of good jazz singing, so I should listen and learn…
And I have to agree, he was right!  She has a pleasing alto range voice, clear diction and immaculate timing, just the right amount of well-integrated scat, but more than all that, she’s a skilled actress.  So the songs display real feeling.  In fact she trained as an actress, and she sees the Gasbook songs as literary works, which influences her choice of songs.  
This is her 3rd album for Summit records and the pianist is her father, so I guess the chemistry between father and daughter helps as well.  Another CD that I’ll hang on to.
Tracks include standards such as Beautiful Love; One Note Samba (with subtle, light Latin drumming); Down With Love  (witty words, including ‘down with songs that moan about night and day’- I wonder what Cole Porter thought about that!); You’ve Changed  (acted in a sad, small, slow, voice); Put On A Happy Face; The Face That I Love; There Will Never Be Another You; They Say It’s Spring; Too Close For Comfort: If I Were A Bell. Ms Dumaine likes to try songs that are less well known, so she sings Exactly Like You, which is new to me anyway, but is my favourite track, with an adventurous 4-times repetition of the last line.  The only song not strictly jazz is Pure Imagination (Leslie Bricusse/ Anthony Newley).
I can’t add much about the musicians because they are so good, with neat effective solos, for instance a spring-like gambolling piano on They Say It’s Spring, lively guitar work on many tracks and good bass solos.
The CD is released on May 12th 2015, on Summit Records, catalogue number DCD 654
Ann Alex

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