Easy To Love; A House Is Not A Home; So In Love; Young And Foolish; Pablo; Mon Cherie-Rosie; The Party's Over; I Remember You; This Girl's In Love; I See Your Face Before Me; More Today Than Yesterday (65.34)
Chris McNulty, vocals; Paul Bollenbeck, guiatrs; Joe Locke, vibraphone; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Adam Cruz, drums; David Budway , Michael Kanan, piano; Joel Frahm, saxes; Café da Silva, percussion
The promotional information given with this recording suggests that Chris is a vocal legend, which is a surprise to me as I have not previously heard of her.
Now that I have listened, I find that I am not entirely in agreement with what I consider to be an exaggerated statement, especially when one recalls the excellence of some contemporary vocalists. All the tunes are very good in their original form and I don't consider Ms McNulty's rather wide interpretations particularly successful.
The instrumental backing is extremely good although I might question as to whether some of the tempos chosen for these tunes are really suitable.
Perhaps Ms McNulty should take a leaf out of the past and listen again to Ella, Carmen and Sarah?
by Al Merritt
New Sounds - February 2005
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