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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

CD Review: Everybody Knows – The Brianna Thomas Band

Brianna Thomas (voice); Connun Pappas (piano, Rhodes); Ryan Berg (bass); Kyle Poole (drums); Marvin Sewell (guitars); Fernando Saci (percussion)

Here we have yet another skilled woman singer with a stellar band, giving us nine standard jazz and contemporary songs and two from Thomas herself. The album is enjoyable generally but I found some of the interpretations too dramatic for my taste. Other listeners may of course relish a bit of drama. I liked best the blues numbers, a wonderfully raunchy My Stove's In Good Condition, lively guitar and piano to words such as 'If you don't like my peaches, why do you shake my tree?' (Ahem!) Then there is Ellington's Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues, sung slowly to guitar and piano.

The originals are How Much Forgiveness, a heartfelt piano-led song ending in a passionate crescendo of wordless repeated riffs; and I Belong To You, a sad love song to a tangoish beat which was one of the too dramatic offerings although it became more quiet at the end. Mississippi Goddamn (Nina Simone) is well performed, a protest song about equality, sung with genuine passion and  enhanced by a chorus of backing singers.

I was intrigued to find that there was little information supplied about the singer except to say that  this was Ms Thomas's sophomore release. However the CD packet gave extensive biographical details about these instrumentalists, who hail mostly from the USA.  Pappas also plays funk, Sewell learned to play informally 'on the streets'; Saci, from Brazil, is a world music percussionist; Berg hails from a musical family and Poole drums in all kinds of styles, including punk and hip hop.

A band of very diverse background.

The CD is available from the usual suspects.

Ann Alex 

Since I Fell For You; How Much Forgiveness; It's A Sin to Tell A Lie; My Foolish Heart; Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying; I Belong To You; It Had To Be You; My Stove's In Good Condition; Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues; Mississippi Goddamn; The More I See You.

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