Faith Gibson: Be A Man, Baby


Be A Man, Baby


Faith Gibson (vocals)


Big Moon (Capricopia 001)

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Faith Gibson (vocals), Wolfgang Kohler (piano), Lars Guhlcke (bass), Felix Astor (drums), Jo Gehlmann (guitar), Gregoire Peters (alto sax).

Composed by Faith Gibson


Recorded: April 1-2, 2009


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Now we're talkin'! I love a sultry jazz tune as much as the next guy, but sometimes it's a joy to listen to a vocalist take a more direct and pragmatic route to pleasure. The song's protagonist is looking for a man who doesn't need to be babied. Or, in Gibson's words, “man enough to love a woman built for speed.”

She knows what she wants, and the music is equally no-nonsense. Saxophonist Gregoire Peters and guitarist Jo Gehlmann lay down a snappy unison riff as a retort to the leader's statements. Underneath all of this the rhythm section swings with grace and muscle.

Though Faith Gibson has plenty of chops, it's her attitude that drew me in. There's a sincerity in her voice that puts the ears at ease. She's the “jazz singer next door.” How this fits in with the “built for speed” thing is a topic for another review.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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