Rousing evocative creativity Adrianne Duncan – GEMINI: This is my first listen to Adrianne’s rousing and evocative creativity, but it certainly won’t be the last… her splendid piano and vocal talents are complimented (very nicely) by Nick Mancini on vibraphone, Dan Lutz on bass, Jimmy Branly on drums, Katisse Buckingham on sax and flute and John Tegmeyer on clarinet. To get a taste of Adrianne’s excellent energy, I strongly suggest that you watch the following video of her performing her original “He’s Not Quite You” from the album…
If you enjoyed that performance as much as I did, you’ll want to make sure you SUBSCRIBE to Adrianne’s YouTube channel, where you’ll find many more.
The story-like “Home at Last” will hold you spellbound; both the playing and the vocals are packed with emotional beauty… I can easily see this song being plugged into playlists (especially late-night stations) across the globe for frequent airplay… one thing that truly stands out is Adrianne’s magical touch on her keyboard… no “over-chopping”, and the pacing is perfect!
The 6:58 title track, “Gemini“, is (in my opinion) the jazziest tune on the album… upbeat and full of life, I’ll even go so far as to say that it’s among the very best jazz instrumentals I’ve listened to (yet) in 2022.
There was no doubt in my mind that my choice for personal favorite of the five (long) songs offered up would be Adrianne’s rendition of The Police’s “Roxanne“… truly one of the most unique performances I’ve ever heard for the tune!
I give Adrianne and her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98. Get more information on Adrianne’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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