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Size: 105,94 MB
Michael G. Nastos
Shreveport, LA native Laverne Butler came up in a musical family, and she's learned her lessons well. She sings jazz, blues and gospel in a manner quite reminiscent of Nancy Wilson, with a sleek, supple voice that oozes class. There are no gimmicky affectations or cutesy inflections, just straight soul. Backed by pianist/producer Bruce Barth and bassist John Webber -- both first-class players -- and drummer Klaus Suonsaari, Butler sings some of her favorite standards known worldwide.
The CD starts with a string of tunes, including a swinging "This Bitter Earth," a ballad treatment of "Please Send Me Someone to Love," and a slow "Hit the Road Jack" -- all employ background singers, sometimes using sweeping doo-wahs or call-and-response jiving. An up blues, "One for My Baby," (without the singers) lets Butler cut loose and show she can stand on her own. After a Barth trio number, the instrumental waltz "Late Sunday Afternoon," the singer gets on a roll for the remainder of the program with solid, honest melancholia on "I'm a Fool to Want You," a fine "Born to Be Blue," a light blue "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," and the gospel original of Butler's "All That I Know." She finally gets animated, shouting on "Since I Fell for You," while doting and crying out on the finale "Backwater Blues." The second half of this recording has some powerful sounds, attesting to the ability Butler already has. She's good, and bound to get better.
01 - This Bitter Earth 03:22
02 - Please Send Me Someone To Love 04:29
03 - Hit The Road Jack 02:47
04 - Willow Weep For Me 05:42
05 - The Blues Are Out Of Town 03:33
06 - One For My Baby 06:07
07 - Late Sunday Afternoon 06:22
08 - I'm A Fool To Want You 05:04
09 - Born To Be Blue 04:31
10 - Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying 03:55
11 - All That I Know 04:20
12 - Since I Fell For You 04:44
13 - Backwater Blues 04:31
Gamble for more Laverne Butler