Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Robin Stine Daydream 2005

So maybe you're like me and you like the easy jazz and jazz-pop stylings of Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Madeline Peyroux, Eva Cassidy, Karrin Allyson and Stacey Kent. If that's the case, and you'd like to listen to more of the same with quality original songwriting, then you should just buy this CD. It's that simple.

Robin Stine writes songs that sound familiar. Blues and jazz that avoid cliche and yet still sound like old classics. She has a nice voice, not particularly powerful, but well-controlled and easy on the ears without sounding coquettish. And delightfully emotive.

The supporting cast is stellar. Warren Bernhardt on piano, Gary Burke on drums, and Steve Bernstein on trumpet all make very important contributions to the music here. Steven Calandra's bass, Matt Rhody's violin, and Steve Cardenas's and Mark Bingham's guitars round out the crack band. Mark Bingham also produces, and does a fine job. The sound of the CD is very good, the recording done right.

It's mellow and bluesy. It sounds like a Madeline Peyroux CD with the angst and pretense removed, crossed with an old Nat King Cole Trio record.

Wow. That sounds like high praise. And I can stand by that. She deserves your ear.

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