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Thursday, April 21, 2016

CD Review: Lauren White - Out of the Past: Jazz & Noir

Lauren White (vcl); Mitchel Forman (pno); Trey Henry (bs); Abe Lagrimas Jr. (dms); Andrew Carney (tpt); Andrew Synowiec (gtr); Hitomi (ten) + Lisa Liu String Quartet & Eclectic Plus One Brass Band. 
Review by Lance).
This is for me - songs from noir movies! Add the jazz and I'm in a tight corner.
Two guy's wearing fedoras and trenchcoats have stepped out of a Pontiac and are carrying Lugers. I think of the dame and wish I'd never met her in that bar on the corner of 12th and Vine. She'd looked classy, well as classy as any babe in that joint. How was I to know that she was Big Al's plaything? Big Al - The Mob's numero uno in this city. Somebody had fingered me and Big Al doesn't like guys taking what is his, particularly as I'd also lifted 10 grand from a bookie joint he ran at the back of a funeral parlour.
Looked like the next time I visited it would be in the front room of the parlour - no flowers please, just make a donation to...*
The above has nothing to do with the album other than my imagery  and my memories of the original films which I watched in glittering emporiums and local fleapits - they seemed more real in the latter!
Classic songs from classic movies:
He's Funny that Way (The Postman Always Rings Twice).
Again (Roadhouse).
I'd Rather Have the Blues (Kiss me Deadly).
I'm Gonna Go Fishing (Anatomy of a Murder).
Amado Mio (Gilda).
Laura (Laura)/The Night we Called it a Day.
You Kill Me (Macao).
Haunted Heart (Music USA).
When All the Lights in the Sign Worked (original by Joe Pasquale and Mark Winkler).
White doesn't attempt to copy the originals, instead, she brought Kathryn Bostic aboard. Together they created a richly textured CD filled with a range of moods and colours held together beautifully by White's smoky, smooth, voice. Trumpet, sax, guitar and strings feature and the overall effect is of Mickey Spillane or Raymond Chandler set to music.
Pour some Scotch on the rocks, light up a Lucky (but don't inhale) and listen...
Lance.
*Lauren White - Out of the Past: Jazz & Noir available May 9.

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