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Marlene VerPlanck - Once There Was A Moon (2008)

7-01-2016, 15:51
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Title: Once There Was A Moon
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Audiophile Records
Genre: Jazz Vocals
Quality: FLAC | MP3
Total Time: 41:28
Total Size: 226 MB | 111 MB

1. I'm In Love Again (2:11)
2. Where Do You Go From Love (4:11)
3. The Best Thing For You (1:50)
4. Around About Half Past Nine (3:42)
5. It Might As Well Be Spring (2:37)
6. I've Got You Under My Skin (3:59)
7. What Are You Afraid Of (3:30)
8. Evening Star (3:03)
9. Then Say It's Spring (2:03)
10. Better Luck Next Time (2:40)
11. You're Laughing At Me (3:01)
12. Ev'rything I Love (2:49)
13. Dearly Beloved (3:05)
14. Once There Was A Moon (2:41)

Marlene VerPlanck is a singing canary of the old- fashioned sort—one who consistently picks great songs and then sings them in a brightly chirping soprano so that every single lyric is quite intelligible. The songs come out radiating an aura of a singer in love with what she's doing. Maybe that all ought to be commonplace in music, but it isn't. On Once There Was A Moon she continues to demonstrate what a reliable custodian she is of the American Songbook.

Although some of the songs here are well-known, VerPlanck has a way of going her own fresh way with them. For instance, Irving Berlin's "The Best Thing For You" (and the simplicity of Berlin's song fits hand-in-glove with her style) gets a racing-breathlessly-down-the-street-in-love-hooray delivery. By contrast, Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin" finds her in an after-hours meditation, the mood somehow both insouciant and cheerfully obsessed.

Happily, along with those gems there are more than a few old treasures to (re)discover. Among them is Segal/Wells' slyly seductive "What Are You Afraid Of?" When she invitingly warbles "Take your shoes off, baby," surely only a fool would delay. Resonant and haunting, Benny Carter's romantic "Evening Star" offers an irrefutable reminder of what a fine songwriter that great musician also was. Another gem is Bob Haymes/Marty Clarke's "They Say It's Spring." A breathless consideration of love in bloom, it's irresistible and, as throughout, Tedd Firth's piano accompaniment is the keyboard Baccarat for serving up VerPlanck's dry martini vocalizing. ~Andrew Velez

Personnel: Marlene Ver Planck: vocals; Tedd Firth: piano; Rich DeRosa: drums; Steve LaSpina: bass.

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ogutierrez   User offline   9 January 2016 06:27

Thank you v. m.

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