Lisa Maxwell’s new album Return To Jazz Standards has swing-inspired romps reminiscent of the music in Broadway’s musical “A Little Night Music” staring Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch with a lounging strut reflective of Michael Feinstein. Maxwell’s rendition of classic jazz tunes touches audiences in a way that incites bliss and a love for life.
The gentle mounds sculpted by her vocals along “Meditation” produce a soothing effect on the soul, and the pacifying swells of “Lazy Afternoon” are a joy ride for the senses. Accompanied by her husband George Newall on piano, Maxwell handles the songs with reverence for their crafters and a connection that is palpable. The sensual spirals of the keys through “Love Dance” create a romantic mood, and the flirty bounce of “Call Me,” which many might remember from the movie “When Harry Met Sally,” is a fine fit for Maxwell’s register. The caressing knolls of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s “My Romance” cloak Maxwell’s vocals in warmth and proceed into the trotting rhythm of “Moonlight Savings Time” which spurs her to kick up her heels into a playful tryst.
A mix of creamy instrumentation and bubbly riffs, Return To Jazz Standards is pure pleasure from start to finish. Maxwell makes jazz music meaningful and able to induce pleasure in audiences.
Lisa Maxwell – vocals, George Newall – piano, arranger, programmer, producer
You’d Be Nice To Come To, Meditation, Lazy Afternoon, I Hadn’t Anyone Till You, Love Dance, Call Me, The Shadows Of Your Smile, Isn’t It A Pity, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve, My Romance, Moonlight Savings Time
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