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Friday, April 20, 2018

CD Review: Sundae + Mr Goessl - When You’re Smiling

Kate Voss (vocals, melodica, bells); Jason Goessl (guitars, chimes); Adrian Van Batenburg (drums, tracks 1 4 7 8 10 12 14); Sam Esecson (drums, perc, tracks 2 5) Robb Davidson, Jason Goessl (backup vocal track 12)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Although there are lots of jazzy characteristics, in a record store (remember them?) this CD would probably be in the rack marked ‘Easy Listening’ which is really what it is. 
Ms. Voss (aka Sundae) has a suggestion of Billie Holiday in her voice and she was actually voted Seattle Jazz Vocalist of the Year in 2017.
Despite this accolade, I found the jazz content to be quite low which begs the question as to what is jazz and what isn't? Particularly when it comes to singers.
Embraceable You shows lots of vocal colour and another of the better tracks is The Best Is Yet To Come, a bouncy swinging version; rather romantic because the singer and guitarist were recently married.
Goessl proves to be an adept guitarist, providing a sound harmonic basis for his new bride’s singing as well chipping in with a few short solos and providing the backing vocal on 'S’Wonderful. Sundae, herself, adds some additional lines on that maverick keyboard, the melodica.

1 When You’re Smiling  2 Perhaps 3 Stardust 4 Bye Bye Blues 5 If The Stars Were Mine 6 Embraceable You 7 The Best Is Yet To Come 8 Caravan 9 Bang Bang 10 A Love I Can’t Explain 11 A Wink And A Smile 12 'S Wonderful  13 My Blue Heaven 14 Anytime 15 Crescent City Blues
Ann Alex.
The CD, When You’re Smiling was self-released on March 6.

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