enchanting vocal skill Audrey Silver – VERY EARLY: When I first reviewed Audrey’s vocal work back in issue #116, and described it as having a very “dreamy” quality… on this November 2016 release, it would be more appropriate to note that it’s “heavenly”. Fans who have followed jazz vocalists for over half-a-century will find her performance on the lively “Lemon Twist” to be flawless, and the recording is beyond excellent! It doesn’t hurt that she has some of the strongest jazz players on the scene today supporting her vocals, including Bruce Barth on piano, Lewis Nash on drums, Alex Pope Norris on trumpet, Paul Beaudry on bass, Ron Affif on guitar, Gary Versace on accordion and Tom Beckham on vibes, and the vibes on this particular tune are just pure perfection!
The title track, “Very Early“, is in a far more laid-back mood, and lovers of singers like Barbara Streisand will fall in love with Audrey’s voice on this one, I’ve no doubt… again, the vibes are superb, and Paul’s bass leads you all the way through this gently swaying ballad.
It is Audrey’s enchanting skill on Benjamin Biolay’s “Jardin D’Hiver” that captures my vote for personal favorite of the twelve tunes offered up… the keyword here is “suave”, I think… simple and beautiful! I give Audrey and her supporting players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for those who love vocal jazz, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98. Learn more about this highly talented vocalist on Audrey’s website. Rotcod Zzaj