This is an inovative CD collection involving accurate performers and capturing the jazz swing of the 1940s era. Retta Christie and her accompanists capture faithfully the swing era sounds. The songs are stylishly done and have a wonderful charm about them that is hardly heard these days.
Pianist Dave Frishberg gives some highly interesting performances, and it is evident with his playing gracefulness that he is a master of stride piano. In fact, Frishberg ranks as one of the best living stride pianists around. Listening to some of his techiques, I was reminded of the stylings of Willard David Firestone, Art Tatum, and Fats Waller. David Evans soars on reeds, he has a gift for intimate swing interpretation, and his performances are flawless. Retta Christie is always right on target with her memorable vocals.
This music contains a delightful throwback to a time when music was music with its intricate jazz interpretations, and that the emphasis is on the swing era songs of the 1940s and related, so much the better. Retta Christie shines on such numbers as "The Lonesome Road," among others, and her voice is a perfect vehicle for expressing these songs.
There are twelve songs in this CD collection. They include: "I Get The Blues When It Rains," "Foolin' Myself," "My Mother's Eyes," "Old Folks," "'Neath The Purple On The Hills," "Only A Rose," "Sweet And Slow," "You Always Hurt The One You Love," "A Sailboat In The Moonlight," "For All We Know," "I Only Want A Buddy Not A Sweetheart," and "The Lonesome Road." Each song will find its jazz listening audience quickly! As a whole, this is a perfect collection of 1940s jazz and swing. It is topnotch in every way.
If you like different jazz stylings, or if you like 1940s swing, please give these three artists a listen, for you won't be disappointed. You should find their approach and sensitivity a wonderful way to spend an evening with a friend over a cup of tea, coffee, or a glass of Scotch.
This CD collection is a delight, full of surprises, fun, and great jazz sounds. Highly recommended. Get a copy for yourself and have your local public librarian order a copy for the library listening patrons who enjoy good jazz!