UPBEAT LADIES…Rebecca DuMaine: Happy Madness, Deborah Silver: The Gold Standards

SIngers to help you put on a happy face…

Vocalist Rebecca DuMaine mixes Broadway class with girl next door allure on this mix of standards with pianist Dave Miller’s trio with Perry Thoorsell/b and Bill Belasco/dr. DuMaine sounds chipper and eager to please on upbeat pieces like “Nobody Else But Me” and “This Happy Madness” and sounds stargazed on a serene “Like Someone in Love.” Pete Cornell brings in his tenor for extra spice on a Latin read of “The More I See You” and a sweet Brazilian “Samba Saravah” and Dumain brings the right mix of desperation on “It’s All Right With Me” while sounding wistful on” I’m Old Fashioned. “Guitarist Brad Buethe teams with some brush work on a deft “So Nice” and a soft vocal duet with the piano makes the Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere” a sublime highlight. Winning ways.

Deborah Silver sticks to standards on this Steve Tyrell-Jon Allen produced album with a fit like glove team of Alan Broadbent/p-arr, David Finck/b, Kevin Winard/dr, Bob Mann/g, Jon Allen/key and a hip horn section. She coos with a gleam on “Teach Me Tonight” and her playful “Ain’t Misbehavin'” is enhanced by Lew Soloff’s fragrant trumpet solo. Ann Hampton Callaway teams up for “The Glory of Love,” and Jack Jones  does an avuncular duet on a lush “I’ve Got A Crush On You.” Broadbent’s arrangements are quite clever, particularly turning ” Never on Sunday” into a mambo. Cheerful moments delivered.


Summit Records




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