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Alison Burns' debut CD on guitarist Martin Taylor's P3 Music label proved to be a striking session for the vocalist, an expressive alto who seemed to find new routes to songs of widely different styles. 1 AM is the brilliant follow-up album, though this time it is just Burns and Taylor performing 14 superb duets. Unlike many better-known vocalists, Burns builds upon the strengths of each piece without trying to totally discard the melody and show off, while Taylor is the consummate partner, providing lush accompaniment and intricate fills between lines without intruding upon the singer. While there are rewarding interpretations of standards like the sensitive "Sophisticated Lady" and a warm "How Long Has This Been Going On," it is Burns' exploration of forgotten gems and newer pop songs that leaves the most lasting impressions. The playful, lighthearted rendition of Peggy Lee's "Here's a Tramp," the loping, bluesy setting of Hub Atwood's "No One Ever Tells You," and the spacious, heartfelt performance of Stevie Wonder's "If It's Magic" are all stunning. An added bonus is the beautiful original ballad "True," penned by Burns and Taylor. Alison Burns is married to James Taylor, the executive producer and the guitarist's son, so hopefully this enjoyable family gathering in the studio will become a regular part of their lives, as well as those of jazz fans.
A little gem of an album.
This is a truly beautiful late night jazz album. The combination of the Julie London-like honeyed voice of Alison Burns and the masterful accompaniment of guitarist Martin Taylor reminds me of the early Ella Fitzgerald/Joe Pass albums. Highly recommended.
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||Again||1:AM||4:08||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||If It's Magic||1:AM||4:09||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||I'm Confessin'||1:AM||4:16||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||True||1:AM||4:42||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Because of You||1:AM||4:15||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Can't Help Loving That Man||Kissing Bug||4:38||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||How Long Has This Been Going On?||1:AM||3:49||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||The Man That Got Away||1:AM||3:46||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||He's a Tramp||1:AM||2:15||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Shadow of Your Smile||Kissing Bug||3:59||£0.79||View In iTunes|