Kate McGarry: Let's Face the Music and Dance


Let's Face the Music and Dance


Kate McGarry (vocals)


If Less is More . . . Nothing is Everything (Palmetto)

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Kate McGarry (vocals), Donny McCaslin (tenor sax), Keith Ganz (guitar), Gary Versace (accordion), Reuben Rogers (bass), Clarence Penn (drums).

Composed by Irving Berlin


Recorded: Maggie's Farm, Pennsylvania, December 29-30, 2007, January 7-8, 2008


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Vocalist Kate McGarry just gets better and better with each CD. And ever more daring! Fred Astaire would hardly recognize this version of one of his trademark themes. This is more film noir-ish than all-singing-all-dancing, full of a late-night moodiness that is deeply affecting. McGarry is absolutely heartrending - she puts her whole soul into this performance. But this is more than just an emotional lament; her melodic lines are brilliantly conceived and executed. Yet even without the vocal, this track would be worth hearing just for Donny McCaslin's sax solo, where every phrase sounds spontaneous and loose and free. The whole band shines here, floating effortlessly yet also raising the intensity level at just the right junctures. McGarry moves into the big leagues with this impressive release.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 j.h. curry // Nov 11, 2008 at 07:13 AM
    great title! everything is, at least, mostly nothing. and silence is awfully noisy. thump ka-thump and bzzzzz.... [then the refrigerator kicks in]