Album Review: So Much by Lori Cullen and the Ron Davis Trio

Album Name: So Much
Artist: Lori Cullen and the Ron Davis Trio
Year/Label: 2003 / Rosemary Lane/Cullinor Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

This is a charming jazz record that Canadian singer Lori Cullen has made with the Ron Davis Trio. The songs are well-chosen standards and some less expected choices.

Cullen’s pixie-like voice gets to the heart of the Beatles” “Eleanor Rigby” while the trio give a restrained but evocative performance.

The rhythmic “Cherokee” sees the band playing frantically while Cullen sings about a “brave Indian warrior”.

Janis Ian”s classic “At 17” gets a languid, emotional reading by Cullen.

Duke Ellington’s “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” is given a minimalistic, bluesy treatment. Cullen sings to Ron Davis’ piano and it sounds just great.

“If I Only Had a Brain” is a fun, lively song to begin with and here it sounds like Björk gone jazz.

This is a CD that jazz fans will love and it might just draw in other people as well. It’s that good.

Posted on February 20, 2003

Track Listing
1. The Best Is Yet To Come (C. Coleman & C. Leigh)
2. Eleanor Rigby (J. Lennon & P. McCartney)
3. The Folks Who Live On The Hill (J. Kern & O. Hammerstein)
4. Cherokee (C. Barnet)
5. At 17 (J. Ian)
6. Every Day I Have The Blues (P. Chatman)
7. Little Things (J. Raposo)
8. Gentle Rain (L. Bonfa & M. Dubey)
9. So Much Larger Than Life (Jory Nash)
10. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (D. Ellington & B. Russell)
11. If I Only Had A Brain (H. Arlen & E. Y. Harburg)
12. Two Sleepy People (H. Carmichael & F. Loesser)
13. My Cherie Amour (H. Cosby, S. Moy & S. Wonder)

[Lori Cullen Official Site]


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