Rachael Price: Mood Indigo
Rachael Price (vocals)
The Good Hours (Clair Vision Productions)
Rachael Price (vocals),
Warren Wolf (piano, vibes), Erik Privert (bass), David Brophy (drums).
Composed by Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard & Irving Mills.
Recorded: Acton, MA
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
So we're sitting at opposite ends of the kitchen table, me and TheWife. There's a large (but recently shrinking) pile of unopened review material sitting between us. I pop one fresh CD into my laptop and give bits and pieces of it a secret listen (earbuds can save a marriage, I tell you).
While I'm reading the liner notes, "that" look passes over TheWife's face. She has apparently noticed the photo of Rachael Price on the back of the digipack. So as to dissuade the notion that I'm in this purely for the pretty faces, I unplug the my earphones and let the voice drift into the room. Yes, she had to admit that there's definitely something going on there.
And so there is. While I don't normally lean toward being a skeptic, it goes without saying that maybe the jazz world doesn't need another take on "Mood Indigo." No, it needs this one. She might be 23 years old, but her voice goes far, far beyond that. With echoes of both Abbey Lincoln and (gulp!) Amy Winehouse, I was just mesmerized.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski