CD Review: Peter Appleyard - Sophisticated Ladies

CD Review: Peter Appleyard - Sophisticated Ladies

As I'm writing this review one month has passed since the death of Canadian vibraphonist Peter Appleyard.

Appleyard came out retirement in 2012 to release two albums; a reissue of a 1974 recording, Peter Appleyard and the Jazz Giants and a new recording, Sophisticated Ladies. For this recording Appleyard reunited some of the best young jazz singers.

Emilie Claire Barlow sensual interpretation of "After you've gone" starts in a slow tempo and speeds up as soon as Appleyard vibes enter the scene.
Elizabeth Shepherd approach to "It's only paper moon" swings in a fabulous exchange of scats and vibes improvisations with Appleyard.

Jill Barber funky version of "Love for sale" also contain lots of sensuality, and change into a swing groove for the vibes and guitar solo. Jackie Robinson deep and bluesy voice was an appropriate selection for Hoagy Carmichael "Georgia on my mind".

Sophie Milman added the romantic touch on the jazz ballad "If you could see me now" as Appleyard played one of his best vibes solos on the release. Rick Wilkins classy arrangement suited perfectly Molly Johnson voice and Billie Holiday like rendition of Ellington "Sophisticated Lady".

Carol Welsman, with her lovely voice and phrasing, takes on the bossa arrangement of Cole Porter "Night and day". The sweet and sexy voice of Barbra Lica has a vintage quality on the classic swing version of Ellington "Satin Doll".

Carol McCartney folksy like interpretation of Ellington "Mood Indigo" gives way to another excellent Appleyard vibes solo. The album close with a slow, intimate rendition by Diana Panton of Charlie Chaplin "Smile".

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