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Album Review

A young singer, Abbie Gardner has a pleasing voice and swings while sticking close to the vintage lyrics and melodies that she interprets. Clearly, her most important inspiration is her father, veteran swing pianist Herb Gardner, who also contributes background vocals on a few numbers. They perform 13 tunes that are mostly from the late 1920s and early '30s, assisted greatly by the fluent and creative playing of Dan Levinson on clarinet (where his sound is just a little reminiscent of Tony Parenti) and tenor. Some of the numbers are warhorses but a few others "("Happy Feet," "Under a Blanket of Blue" and "Your Mother's Son-in-Law" in particular) are not performed all that often. Clearly, father and daughter had a fun time performing this music. The final two numbers — a tribute to Herb's home ("Staten Island") and the humorous "Gunshots and Sirens" — feature Herb on a pair of good-time vocals. This CD is easy to enjoy and shows that Abbie Gardner is a singer with strong future potential.

Customer Reviews

Really nice - waiting for more

Abbie's voice is quite distinctive and matches the selected songs well. I think she's a little like Norah Jones - in that you can identify her distinctive voice easily. Especially, you can tell just by listening that she's having a great time recording these songs. Can't wait to hear more from her!




Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

Abbie Gardner is an excellent young singer who, due to her upbringing, sounds very comfortable performing vintage swing standards that were popular decades before her birth. She grew up around jazz since her father, pianist Herb Gardner, had played with Roy Eldridge and Gene Krupa. She played violin for a year, extensively studied classical flute, and today also plays guitar and Dobro. As a singer, she was a member of the Boston University Inner Strength Gospel Choir, worked with a cappella groups,...
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My Craziest Dream, Abbie Gardner
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  • ¥1,500
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 30, 2004

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