Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Laverne Butler 1993 No Looking Back

Genre: Jazz
Rate: 192 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:48:34
Size: 66,62 MB

United States

Review by Alex Henderson

If justice had prevailed, No Looking Back would have made LaVerne Butler well known in jazz circles, but this fine debut was more of an artistic success than a commercial one. In contrast to the laidback, relaxed mood and pop influences that defined the singer's sophomore effort, Day Dreamin', No Looking Back is very much a hardcore bop effort.

Butler's impressive phrasing sounds like a combination of Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, but when she passionately tears into hard-swinging, high-energy interpretations of "It's Alright With Me," "Sunday In New York" and "The Song Is You," it's clear that Butler is very much her own person. Equally captivating are a sensuous bossa nova take on "Speak Low" and an unexpected version of "Come Fly With Me," which was defined by Frank Sinatra but also fares quite well in Butler's capable hands. Guest Joe Henderson (tenor sax) is in excellent form on "I Cover the Waterfront," "Easy to Love" and "The Song Is You," all of which prove that the ton of favorable publicity he was receiving in the early to mid-1990s was well deserved.

This is a CD that fans of straight-ahead jazz singing should make a point of searching for.


01 - The Song Is You 04:37

02 - I Cover The Waterfront 06:13

03 - Sunday In New York 04:11

04 - Speak Low 05:31

05 - It's Alright With Me 02:52

06 - Easy To Love 06:07

07 - Isn't It A Pity 04:20

08 - Make Me Rainbows 04:20

09 - Ballad Medley 06:29

10 - Come Fly With Me 03:54

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