I’d like to alert you to three new compact discs I’ve heard — available soon!
MELISSA COLLARD has recorded a session for Audiophile — with Hal Smith, drums; Richard Simon, bass; Chris Dawson, piano; Bryan Shaw, trumpet. I first heard Melissa some five years ago on her debut CD, “Old Fashioned Love,” (Melismatic Records), a wonderful disc, thoughtful, witty, and moving. This one’s even better.
For the same label, REBECCA KILGORE has recorded a disc devoted to Jerome Kern, “Sure Thing.” It also features Hal, Richard, and Chris. Until you’ve heard Becky sing I’VE TOLD EV’RY LITTLE STAR, you haven’t lived . . .
DANNY TOBIAS, who just brought his cornet to the Ear Inn, has recorded an intimate swing session with Joe Holt, piano; Gary Cattley, bass, that reminds me very much of the best late-period Ruby Braff recordings. Need I say more?
Make room on your CD shelves . . .