Lisa Maxwell, Happy
by: Constance Tucker
While the world is has no shortage of Independent jazz vocalists, thankfully Maxwell conveys with an unpretentious and delightfully easy-going delivery. While much of the material here is familiar standards and recognizable pop songs, Maxwell’s delightful way interpreting the true meaning of each cut allows the songs to take on a fresh perspective that neither disrespects the writer’s intention or the spirit of the song.
Opening with “I’ll Take Romance,” there is an subtly to the swing that is underpinned by Keith Ingram’s smart and intoxicating support all the while allowing Maxwell to paint her vocal interpretations. “Someone To Watch Over Me,” is a moving tune sincerely delivered and adorned with Maxwell’s gentle ability to swing with stylishness. “Skylark” though a widely covered cut, is given a new treatment and truly shines as one of Maxwell’s more convincing tracks on this delightful offering.
Happy is truly an engaging offering with a mix of well-chosen standards and a pinch of well-placed classic adult contemporary hits, given a proper dressing of jazz. Maxwell delivers a lasting impression of blissfull Happiness and lasting Happy.
Tracks: I’ll Take Romance; You Can’t Lose A Broken Heart; Sunday In New York; The Folks Who Live On The Hill; It Might As Well Be Spring; Someone To Watch Over Me; My Heart Goes With You; This Is Always; Going Out Of My Head; Blue Moon; Under A Blanket Of Blue; June Nights; Skylark; A Wonderful Guy.
Personnel: Lisa Maxwell: vocals; Keith Ingham: piano; Frank Tate: bass; Steve Little: drums; Al Gafa: guitar; Ben Wittman: percussion.