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Monday, June 15, 2015

CD Review: Aimée Allen - Matter of Time.

Aimée Allen – vocal, Romero Lubambo – guitar, Toru Dodo –piano & Fender Rhodes, Francois Moutin - bass, Jacob Melchior – drums, Scott Ritchie – bass .
(Review by Debra M)
‘Matter of Time’ is New York chanteuse Aimée Allen’s fourth CD, and brings together her Latin-steeped repertoire of jazz standards with some original compositions.  She collaborated with some fine musicians in this project, including Brazilian guitar maestro Romero Lubambo , who has previously recorded with artists such as Dianne Reeves, Astrud Gilberto,  & Al Jarreau.  He  features in the  title track & in 3 duets, notably Jobim’s ‘Corcovado’.  
The strongest original piece is ‘Soul Cargo’,  a grooving waltz  inspired  by Allen’s travels,  featuring Francois Moutin on bass, and with hand percussion from Melchior.  Standards are given fresh treatment, with a pared down & lively rendition of ‘Close Your Eyes’,  where Allen is accompanied  by outstanding  double bass,  & great brushwork from Melchior .  Moutin again features initially as sole backing for the vocal in Rogers & Harts’ ‘My Romance’, delivered assuredly in 5/4. In a more traditional interpretation, the singer & piano trio led by Toru Dodo really get swinging on ‘Out of Nowhere’.  Allen’s warm, supple & relaxed vocals are well suited to the variety of material, & with the help of some great musicians, she has made a fine album.  
Debra M.

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