Thursday, July 25, 2019

Paula Harris - Speakeasy - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Speakeasy, from Paula Harris, and it has old school pop jazz roots. Opening with Nothing Good Happens After Midnight, Harris shows her deep throaty voice over the sultry piano of Nate Ginsberg, with Rich Girard on bass and D'mar martin on drums. On funky, I Wanna Hate Myself Tomorrow (or Raising Hell Tonight), Harris shows her vocal versatility and Ginsberg's piano is tops. R&B / jazz track, Good Morning Heartache has a rich melody and with it's bouncy rhythm and sparkling piano is one of my favorites on the release. Something Wicked is another smooth soulful tune with a great feel and the addition of nice trumpet work of Bill Ortiz and spoken word by Big Llou Johnson. Monk's classic, Round Midnight is a pure highlight with dark warm vocals, excellent piano and tasteful trumpet by Ortiz and spot on bass work by Girard. Wrapping the release is jazz classic, Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby,  with Harris in full swing mode. Again, Ginsberg's piano is stellar and the driving bass lines of Girard are tight. Cool closer for a cool release. 

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