May 2004

Shawnn Monteiro/Clark Terry
One Special Night
Whaling City Sound

Speaking of family outings, a few months ago Boston-based chanteuse Shawnn Monteiro captured quite the jazz party on disc when she teamed with trumpeter Clark Terry and bassist Jimmy Woode-her godfather and father, respectively-plus drummer Jimmy Cobb and pianist John Harrison III for a couple of raise-the-roof evenings at Beantown's Sculler's club. The resultant blistering (if erroneously titled) One Special Night (Whaling City) is the sort of meeting of musical masterminds that comes along far too rarely.

Terry takes flight on his deliciously playful new "Having Chit'lins on the Champs Elysees," then segues into a breezily satisfying rendition of Monk's "Let's Cool One." For the balance of the album's 10 tracks he's matched step for sizzling step by the sublime Monteiro. Together, they tackle a raucous eight-and-a-half minute blues medley (with Terry demonstrating a gravelly vocal prowess reminiscent of jazz connoisseur Bill Cosby). Then Monteiro, who simultaneously suggests the authority of Aretha Franklin, the jazz smarts of Carmen McRae and the sassy perspicacity of Dinah Washington, all the while sounding eerily similar to Sarah Vaughan, maneuvers a triple-play of "All My Tomorrows," "The Nearness of You" and "Sunday" more smashing than anything ever belted out of Fenway Park.

Originally published in May 2004

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