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AIMEE ALLEN: MATTER OF TIME

Posted by gabzas331 on June 22, 2015 at 6:25 AM

Aimee Allen – vocal, Romero Lubambo – guitar, Toru Dodo –piano & Fender Rhodes, Francois Moutin - bass, Jacob Melchior – drums, Scott Ritchie – bass .

‘Matter of Time’ is New York chanteuse Aimee Allen’s fourth CD, and brings together her Latin-steeped repertoire of jazz standards with some original compositions. She collaborated with some fine musicians in this project, including Brazilian guitar maestro Romero Lubambo , who has previously recorded with artists such as Dianne Reeves, Astrud Gilberto, & Al Jarreau. He features in the title track & in 3 duets, notably Jobim’s ‘Corcovado’. The strongest original piece is ‘Soul Cargo’, a grooving waltz inspired by Allen’s travels, featuring Francois Moutin on bass, and with hand percussion from Melchior. Standards are given fresh treatment, with a pared down & lively rendition of ‘Close Your Eyes’, where Allen is accompanied by outstanding double bass, & great brushwork from Melchior . Moutin again features initially as sole backing for the vocal in Rogers & Harts’ ‘My Romance’, delivered assuredly in 5/4. In a more traditional interpretation, the singer & piano trio led by Toru Dodo really get swinging on ‘Out of Nowhere’. Allen’s warm, supple & relaxed vocals are well suited to the variety of material, & with the help of some great musicians, she has made a fine album.

 

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