Rachael Price: Serenade in Blue
Serenade in Blue
Rachael Price (vocals)
The Good Hours (Claire Vision Productions 02739-7)
Rachael Price (vocals),
Warren Wolf (piano), Erik Privert (bass), David Brophy (drums).
Composed by Mack Gordon & Harry Warren.
Recorded: Acton, MA, and Hendersonville, TN, released 2008
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
The 23-year-old Rachael Price is one of the best young jazz singers around, and thanks to the encouragement and support of T.S. Monk, Nnenna Freelon and Nancy Wilson, has started gaining the recognition her talent deserves. On The Good Hours, Price applies her powerful but flexible voice to a program of standards, and exhibits both an assured maturity and interpretive skills that are not commonly seen in someone so young. You can't just casually say, in her case, that "the potential is there" – some minor polishing is probably all she needs at this point.
"Serenade in Blue" is one of Price's finest performances on this CD. Thanks to her seemingly perfect pitch, artfully sustained notes and gorgeous vibrato, Price conquers this tricky theme in graceful and captivating fashion. She displays a range of attack that extends from a purring, silky smoothness, to a hard-edged brassiness, and handles the jaunty, backbeated midsection with authority. Pianist Wolf's sparse, pensive intro, and bluesy solo with its darting arpeggios, contribute notably to the success of this highly recommended track. Price may be a star about to be born.
Reviewer: Scott Albin