Singers with a Theme…Allison Adams Tucker: April In Paris, Paul Marinaro: Without A Song

Tired of just a mix of the American Songbook? Here are a pair of vocalists that make their albums a book in itself…

Allison Adams Tucker delivers songs of spring here from all over the world. Backed by a foundation of Emmanuel Massarotti/key, Evona wascinski/b and Jule Saury/dr, she uses her  perky and upbeat voice to deliver material such as “It Might As Well Be Spring” (in two different moods) as well as a Broadway take of “April in Paris” that adds Lou Fanucchi’s accordion for a dash of Bohemia. Some sleek brushes and bass deliver a moody “Le Temps Du Muguet” while a Brazilian “April Child” has her voice bouncing over the percussion. A soulful “Here Comes the Sun” includes some rich guitar work form Peter Sprague” and she goes dramatic on “La Canzone Dei Vecchi Amanti.” Spring is all year round here!

Paul Marinaro dedicates his album of standards to his father, who inspired him to sing with his own rich Italian baritone voice. Papa’s own recordings are included here, with bel canto renditions from 1947 of “That Old Black Magic” and “Without A Song” as well as a duet of two generations of father and son on “You Will Be My Music.” Paul leads a crisp piano trio with snappy takes of his dad’s inspired pickings as well as hip takes of material such as “Devil May Care.” Sometimes he croons like a serenade with guitar on a gorgeous “All My Tomorrows” and a luminiscent reading of “When I Look in Your Eyes.” The kid’s got feeling!

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