Meryl Romer: Bluesette
Meryl Romer (vocals)
So Sure (Colorado Music Business)
Meryl Romer (vocals),
Robert Kyle (tenor sax), Erik Deutsch (piano, glockenspiel, accordion), Bill Koppers (guitar), Jonti Siman (bass), Marc Dalio (drums).
Composed by Jean “Toots” Thielemans.
Recorded: Boulder, Colorado 2008
Rating: 79/100 (learn more)
If, as the liner notes indicate, Meryl Romer has just embarked on her jazz vocal career at the age of 51, then it gives all of us past the mid-century mark some hope that we can still follow our dreams and pursue other paths – if the will is strong enough!
On this Toots Thielemans classic, Romer shows she hasn't wasted those formative years. Opening with a crescendo-building piano line by Deutsch, nimbly accentuated with a table-setting saxophone solo by Kyle, Romer easily glides through the undulating melody with the ease of someone who has sung this song many times. Deutsch's arrangement builds nice tension at the midpoint, punctuated again by Kyle with another journeyman sax solo. Romer scats a bit awkwardly midway through the song, but her strength is her straight-forward, nonchalant delivery. Her voice seems to have a limited range, but she stays within her comfort zone throughout and delivers "Bluesette" with appropriate joie de vivre.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello