Steve Shapiro & Pat Bergeson featuring Annie Sellick: Early
Backward Compatible (Apria 139326)
Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas (backing vocals), Scott Kreitzer (tenor & soprano saxes), Marc Johnson (bass), Clint DeGanon (drums).
Composed by Pat Bergeson & Annie Sellick.
Recorded: Westchester, NY and Nashville, TN
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
OK, I admit it, I'm a sucker for a romantic story. The draw is even greater when delivered by an attractive voice. So here we have Annie Sellick presenting a story of lost innocence, followed by a wistful look back at what might have been. Pat Bergeson's guitar figures provide a harmonic bed for Sellick's vocals. What sets "Early" apart is the arrival of Steve Shapiro's vibraphone solo. While we've heard many saxophone solos in a context like this (and we do have that here), the vibes add a very satisfying emotional element.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski