Audrey Lavine - This Is No Dream (20002011)

Audrey Lavine - This Is No Dream (20002011)

Artist: Audrey Lavine
Title Of Album: This Is No Dream
Year Of Release: 2000/2011
Label: Ostinato
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Vocal, Pop Vocal, Broadway
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 48:32 Min
Total Size: 119 Mb
01. This Is No Dream/Out Of This World
02. How Long Has This Been Going On
03. Fascinating Rhythm
04. Honey, Can I Put On Your Clothes
05. Holiday For Strings
06. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
07. Wail Of The Reefer Man/Caramel/Boulevard Of The Br
08. Egyptian Ella
09. She's Always A Woman
10. Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia
11. One Mint Julep
12. Waltz Me To Heaven
13. How Sad No One Waltzes Anymore
14. I Had Myself A True Love
15. Shaking The Blues Away
Audrey Lavine's initial album, This Is No Dream, grows out of one of her cabaret shows of the same name which was instrumental in her being awarded the 2001 Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist. This album demonstrates Lavine's understanding and mastery of the essence of cabaret. This becomes immediately apparent with the eclectic, multi-generational program, which runs the gamut from familiar standards, including "How Long Has This Been Going On," to the tongue-in-cheek "Egyptian Ella" and then to a sultry, provocative "One Mint Julep," where she engages in some heart-to-heart patter. Then there's a combination of edgy in-the-gutter, down-in-the-dumps tunes: "Wail of the Reefer Man," "Caramel," and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Then she does a one-woman reprise of the Boswell Sisters' version of "Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia." More versatility is heard as Lavine turns from the glib and flip to an absolutely enthralling, dramatic "This Is No Dream," done in a stunningly pure soprano. It is with the latter style that she leaves the listener with "When You Wish Upon a Star" as the album's coda. Irrespective of the type of song she is presenting or her mannerisms in doing so, Lavine remembers that the main role of cabaret is to tell a story. It's the words that count even more than the music in which they are embedded. The music may make the toe tap, but it's the words that touch the heart one way or another. She gets plenty of help during this performance from Ross Patterson on piano, Ratzo B. Harris on bass, and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Heick, cabaret veterans all. Showcasing the keenly honed multi-dimensional singing endowments of a top cabaret performer, this maiden album is highly recommended. (Review by Dave Nathan)

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