Diverse unique jazz vocal set Joanne Tatham – Rings of Saturn

Diverse unique jazz vocal set Joanne Tatham – RINGS OF SATURN:  What really sets Joanne’s jazz vocal work apart from all the other singers on the scene is her broad range of styles on this excellent recording… as you listen to her laid-back performance on “Poetry Man“, and then contrast it against the high-energy Latin flavored title track, “Rings Of Saturn“, you’ll hear exactly what I’m talking about… & it doesn’t matter what the groove of the song is, Joanne makes it come fully alive, most impressively…

Joanne’s amazing jazz vocals are supported very adeptly by Brian Swartz (trumpet); Bob Sheppard (tenor sax); Max Haymer (piano); Marcel Camargo and Larry Koonse (guitar); Lyman Medeiros (bass); Dan Schnelle (drums) and Kevin Winard (percussion)… total talent here!

Though it’s a different set of players, here’s a video that shows her performing “Poetry Man” live…

On Stephen Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle“, a tasty tune with musical theater origins, you’ll feel like you’re right up next to the stage as Joanne wraps you up in the comfort of her sweet & sultry voice.

As I’ve said, rhythm & style changes abound here & I found her short rendition of”Jazz ‘n’ Samba” to be one of the most entertaining Latin-based performances I’ve heard (yet) in 2018.

An original composition from Eli Brueggemann with lyrics by Mark Winkler (who was also reviewed in issue # 136), “Catch Me If You Can“, swirls and whirls you ’round the room… in Joanne’s capable hands, this tune really comes to life… just superb, and the recording is excellent.

If I were in the position of handing out awards for jazz vocals, Joanne would certainly win one for my personal favorite of the eleven great songs offered up… Joanne’s performance on Michael Franks “Summer In New York” brings back many fond memories of my times in the Big Apple… as an added attraction, there are some splendid guitar solos from Larry Koonse as well.

I give Joanne and her stellar players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.97 for this memorable jazz vocal excursion.  Get more information about this fantastic singer on Joanne’s website.        Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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