CD Review: Pamela Hines Trio & April Hall - Lucky's Boy

Now living in Boston, Pamela Hines grew up in Acton, Massachusetts and has a Masters Degree from the New England Conservatory.

On her previous album Hines demonstrated she has the ability to compose interesting and complex jazz instrumentals. On her new release Lucky's Boy Hines shows she is just as good as a songwriter. A lot of the songs on this album have the quality of a Jazz standard, starting with the swingin "Dreamerman", the Cole Porter inspired "Porter Please" and the tempo changes of "Where I Started". Hines piano playing all throughout is as always sharp, poetic and refined.

The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction. Especially on the jazz waltz "Lucky's Boy", and the ballads "Idle Chatter" and "Welcome Blues"

"Spectrum" is the more experimental and complex track on the album, both harmonically and rhythmically and the track "Moment" shows how Bossa Nova is part of the vocabulary of almost every jazz composer.

Musicians - Pamela Hines - piano, April Hall - vocals, John Lockwood - bass, Les Harris Jr. - drums

Tracks: Dreamerman, Where I Started, Lucky's Boy, Moment, Twilight Joy (Winter in New England) Idle Chatter, Welcome Blues, Porter Please, Spectrum

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