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ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY

Blues in the Night

Telarc CD 83641

 

 



1. Swingin' Away the Blues
2. Blue Moon
3. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
4. Lover Come Back to Me
5. Stormy Weather/When the Sun Comes Out
6. I'm-Too-White-To-Sing-The-Blues Blues
7. Willow Weep for Me
8. Hip to Be Happy
9. It's All Right with Me
10. No One Is Alone
11. Blues in the Night
12. The Glory of Love
Ann Hampton Callaway – Vocals
Ted Rosenthal - Piano
Sherrie Maricle & the Diva Jazz Orchestra (tracks 1, 4, 6, 11)
Christian McBride – Bass (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7-10, 12)
Lewis Nash – Drums (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7-10, 12)
Anat Cohen – Tenor sax (tracks 2, 3, 10)
David Gilmore – Guitar (tracks 2, 5, 12)
Jami Dauber – Trumpet (tracks 3, 10)
Liz Callaway – Vocals (track 5)

Ann Hampton Callaway is better known in the US than in Britain but perhaps this album will change things. She’s not only a good singer but a songwriter who has composed material for the likes of Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Karrin Allyson. Three tracks here – Swingin’ Away the Blues, The I’m-Too-White-to-Sing-the-Blues Blues and Hip to be Happy – are Callaway compositions, which all have the "cool" feel typical of songs by Dave Frishberg or Blossom Dearie.

The rest of the repertoire comes from the Great American Songbook, including an emotional performance of Blue Moon, a tearaway version of Lover Come Back to Me, and an unusually slow interpretation of It’s All Right With Me. Ann’s singing sometimes comes across as too determinedly hip, but she sings well in tune and with feeling for each song. Drummer Sherrie Maricle’s all-girl band and a small group led by pianist Ted Rosenthal supply sympathetic backings, making for a very pleasant album. In a world seemingly overflowing with female singers, this CD may not be an essential purchase but it’s a worthwhile one.


Tony Augarde



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