Judy Wexler looms large in the relatively small world of jazz vocalists, and this recording, Under a Painted Sky, will certainly attest to that.
Wexler is accompanied by some of the most talented musicians in the jazz idiom, a perfect assemblage of formidable artists to complete this musical tableau.
On "And I Hoped For Your Love" Judy Wexler lays it all on the line as she interprets the lyrics to this song of sorrow with her soul bared. Alan Pasqua adds his magical touch to an already elegant tune.
With "An Occasional Man," the track radiates sexuality in a clever way and Judy Wexler is in top form. Walt Fowler's solo is a study in a perect marriage of horn and vocal articulation.
On "Don't Wait Too Long," Wexler describes this song as poignant and longing ,and that certainly expresses it perfectly in this story of ache and resignation as this artist describes it.
The track that will get your attention is "Last Time For Love," as it sure did for me. As a matter of fact, it might be the story of my life. Pasqua opens matters with his defining touch, he comps like no other. The lyrics to this song are so thought provoking that one's mood is immediately transported to another dreamy place. Judy Wexler's inclusion of this tune is a choice wisely made.
Larry Koonse is heard throughout with unparalleld musicianship. Koonse adds much to this album. I have never heard Judy Wexler in finer form. As mentioned, there is a paucity of genuine jazz singers and this vocalist is to be included as a rising star in this limited group.
This recording should be in the true jazzophiles collection, it gets no better.