In a world overloaded with female vocalists, there’s a need for what the marketers call differentiation, or “…the process of distinguishing a product or service from others, to make it more attractive to a particular target market.”
Susan Andrea Warmington – Jazzmaican
Released – June 30, 2014
It’s not likely you’ll mistake Susan Andrea Warmington for anyone else currently working. The Jamaican-born Houstonian debuts with a light and sassy set evocative of Blossom Dearie.
The set opens strong with “He’s A Tramp,” that Peggy Lee tune that’s been covered too many times – yet Ms. Warmington heats it up nicely. Ernest Ranglin – attributed by some as creating the rhythmic style that defined early ska recordings – sits in on another Peggy Lee classic, “I Don’t Know Enough About You,”
A pair of ballads, including “How Could I Live,” a signature tune from the “Crown Prince of Reggae,” Dennis Brown, is also on the set list. But it’s the uptempo pieces that shine brightest for me – Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin'” is the third gem from this short set.
Recorded in Jamaica with a variety of session players – including Maurice Gordon on Guitar and Desi Jones on Drums, well worth a fiver to add some Jamaican jazz to your collection.
I’ll look forward to what’s next. This disc is highly recommended.
Added to the playlist at 62nd Street – “He’s A Tramp,” along with “I Don’t Know Enough About You,” and “Ain’t Misbehavin'”