Alison Lewis – Seven (2016)

Alison Lewis - Seven (2016)
Artist: Alison Lewis
Album: Seven
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2016
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. Blackbird (04:01)
02. Cheek To Cheek (02:55)
03. Like A Rolling Stone (04:28)
04. Mr. Right For Right Now (03:50)
05. Seesaw (04:15)
06. Midnight Sun (03:14)
07. My Funny Valentine (05:03)

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‘Seven’ is 5 tracks which are, in the singer’s words,‘re-imagined’ standard songs, plus 2 of Ms Lewis’s own songs.

I started listening with some qualms, just another singer I thought, but I was soon converted by hearing Ms Lewis’s clear voice, excellent diction, wide vocal range, accompanied by well competent musicians. This is a debut CD and our singer moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2009, having been involved in an a cappella group, community choirs, gospel choirs, cover bands, R & B, jazz ensembles, film and television.
Phew!

Lennon and McCartney’s Blackbird is piano led, and we hear the sounds of the cajon and udu, which give the song a sliding eastern sound; Cheek To Cheek is unusually slow, romantic rather than dance-like, quite magical in fact; Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone is slow and meditative, flowing lyrics which you notice more when sung slowly; Lewis’s own Mr Right For Right Now is fun, a slinky sensuous love song about a good but temporary love affair with an effective steel guitar solo. Then we have the other original Seesaw, a metaphor for a love affair, with the voice up and down like the seesaw; voice and bass only play on Midnight Sun and the final track is a slow version of My Funny Valentine, skilfully‘re-imagined’. It’s good to hear versions of these songs with a different perspective.
Review by Ann Alex

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