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Thursday, July 14, 2016

CD Review: Alison Lewis - Seven

(Review by Ann Alex)
‘Seven’ is 5 tracks which are, in the singer’s words,‘re-imagined’ standard songs, plus 2 of Ms Lewis’s own songs.
 I started listening with some qualms, just another singer I thought, but I was soon converted by hearing Ms Lewis’s clear voice, excellent diction, wide vocal range, accompanied by well competent musicians. This is a debut CD and our singer moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2009, having been involved in an a cappella group, community choirs, gospel choirs, cover bands, R & B, jazz ensembles, film and television.
Phew!
Lennon and McCartney’s Blackbird  is piano led, and we hear the sounds of the cajon and udu, which give the song a sliding eastern sound; Cheek To Cheek is unusually slow, romantic rather than dance-like, quite magical in fact; Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone is slow and meditative, flowing lyrics which you notice more when sung slowly; Lewis’s own Mr Right For Right Now is fun, a slinky sensuous love song about a good but temporary love affair with an effective steel guitar solo.  Then we have the other original Seesaw, a metaphor for a love affair, with the voice up and down like the seesaw; voice and bass only play on Midnight Sun and the final track is a slow version of My Funny Valentine, skilfully‘re-imagined’. It’s good to hear versions of these songs with a different perspective.
The CD was self-released on 16th June 2016, and is apparently available from all fine retailers.
See www.alisonlewismusic.com
Ann Alex.
Alison Lewis (vocals) plus musicians on various tracks: Mitchel Forman (piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 organ); Kevin Axt, Paul Eastburn (bass); Roy Brinker (drums, perc); Andrew Synowiec (lap steel/acoustic guitars); Eddie Reyes ( cajon, udu); Adam Shulman (piano); Ricky Carter (drums); Jude Gold (acoustic guitar); Anne King (muted trumpet).

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