Ultra hip groovy jazz vocals Ellynne Rey – THE BIRDSONGS PROJECT: It’s been a while since I reviewed this young lady’s ultra hip groovy jazz vocals in issue #149, but her appeal is eternal, and the new release is even “hipper” than the earlier album. Though the video below is a bit low-fi, it will give you clear insight into Ellynne’s high-talent performances…
…it would be nice (for the next album, perhaps) to see a YouTube channel dedicated to Ellynne – just a suggestion, of course.
In keeping with the theme of the album, the opener is “Conversation With A Snowy Owl“, which is the most dynamite dialogue you’ll ever hear with a bird, thanks to Ellynne’s excellent abilities on the scat pieces… like I said, ultra-cool!
An excellent cast of players makes tunes like the mighty mellow “Song To A Seagull” shimmer with lively light… Bennett Paster-piano; organ, Freddie Bryant-guitars Joel Frahm-tenor sax; ocarina, Alex Norris-trumpet; flugelhorn, Anthony Pinciotti-drums, Joe Strasser-drums, Jacquelene Acevedo-cajon & ass. percussion all keep the mood as “morning” as it should be on this fine song.
Ellynne’s creativity just shines on songs like the jumpin’ closer, “Blackbird“… I can tell you right now, you have never heard a more unique rendition of this superb classic… she OWNS this one, to be sure… Freddie’s guitar leads are absolute scorchers!
It was with absolute ease that I picked my personal favorite of the even-dozen delights Ellynne offers up… her performance of Hoagy’s “Baltimore Oriole” is just superb, and the organ that support the piece (as well as the rest of the instruments) SMOKES it, folks!
I give Ellynne and her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99… get more information on Ellynne’s page for the album. Rotcod Zzaj
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