Vividly lovely jazz vocal debut Lois Bruno – AND SO IT BEGINS: Debut releases are always a pleasant experience here… Lois has actually been “on the scene” for many years now, having performed with giants like George Cables, Billy Cobham, and Bill Mobley, but this is her first release on her own… the video below (slightly different player lineup) captures her performing “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” at The Duplex in NYC…
…the players on the album are Kenny Shanker – Saxophone; Mike Eckroth – Piano; Yoshi Waki – Bass and Brian Fishler – Drums… you will see many more performances if you SUBSCRIBE to Lois’s YouTube channel, as I did – right away.
The group’s totally professional rendition of Johnny Mercer’s “That Old Black Magic” is definitely THE hottest I’ve heard in a good long while; Shanker’s sax work just KILLS it, folks… vibrant, full of life and clocking in at a nice neat 3:09, this will be a favorite spin for DJ’s around the globe!
If you’ve never had the blues, Lois’s rendition of the opening track, “When Sunny Gets Blue“, will let you know just how it feels… a sweet, sweet performance that will be getting lots of replay from me.
Mike’s piano intro to the closer, “Somewhere“, helps to bring the song right into your living room (or through your headphones, which I strongly recommend), and the power Lois projects through her vocal will transport you to joy!
My choice for personal favorite of the eleven svelte songs Lois offers up is, without question, her vivacious performance on “But Beautiful“… some of the tastiest vocal jazz I’ve ever listened to.
I give Lois and her high-talent players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98 for this fine jazz vocal adventure. Get more information, and purchase the album, on the WiseCat Records website. Rotcod Zzaj
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