Personnel: Donna Byrne (vocals); Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Tim Ray (piano); Marshall Wood (bass); Jim Gwin (drums).
Recorded at Sound System 7, Providence, Rhode Island on September 23 & 24, 2001. Includes liner notes by Richard M. Sudhalter.
Personnel: Donna Byrne (vocals); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Tim Ray (piano); Jim Gwin (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jim Anderson .
Liner Note Author: Dick Sudhalter.
Recording information: Sound Station 7, Providence, RI (09/23/2001/09/24/2001).
Photographer: Susan Wilson.
Arrangers: Marshall Wood; Tim Ray.
Jazz vocalist Donna Byrne's animated manner of spinning a lyric is augmented by her warm intonations and acute sense of swing. Here, she garners terrific support from guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and saxophonist Scott Hamilton. The artists project a scenario that might be conducive to an upscale hotel lounge, as Byrne embraces a jazzy set consisting of familiar standards. She understates an abundance of themes while delving into these compositions with a cool, low-key demeanor amid a few dreamy swing vamps. The musicians whirl through a potpourri of ballads and upbeat numbers with a charismatic edge. On "Shadowland," pianist Tim Ray sets the mood by counterbalancing Byrne's whispery verse via a series of introspective musings. Hence, Byrne receives sympathetic support from Pizzarelli, Hamilton, and her rhythm section of choice. The musicians transmit an overall vibe that offers a bit of respite from the daily drudgeries of life. Recommended. ~ Glenn Astarita