The introduction[s]...sound as if they have become untethered from the rhythm section, floating like a perfect mist. The effect is astonishing and enjoyable.
Surely the only red-headed, patent-holding, engineer-pianist-trumpeter-bassist woman in town...and, she sings!
With a directness reminiscient of singers like Rosemary Clooney, Irene Kral and Lee Wiley, Laura Welland is an amalgam of all her experiences. She ascribes her perfect pitch to her parents' DNA. Her years as a trumpeter helped develop her diaphragm and breath control. As a bassist, she refined her timing and sense of swing. Listening to Ella all those years set the highbar for Laura's clear enunciation. But the intensity of her singing, her genuine way with lyrics come from Laura herself - her fruitful brain, her impassioned heart, and her personal interpretation of life. "Love..." features the rhythm section of Bill Mays, John Clayton and Joe LaBarbera, together they glide through a set of great tunes including "While We're Young," "Be My Love," and "I Got the Sun In the Morning."
1 Honeysuckle Rose 4:11
2 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter) 3:09
3 I'll Be Seeing You 5:14
4 Love Is Never Out Of Season 2:24
5 When I Grow Too Old To Dream 6:14
6 I Got The Sun In The Morning 3:24
7 Dream A Little Dream Of Me 5:55
8 You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To 3:34
9 I'm Confessin' 3:33
10 Be My Love 3:17
11 While We're Young 5:26
12 If I Had You 3:36
LAURA WELLAND - vocals
BILL MAYS - piano
JOHN CLAYTON - bass
JOE LABARBERA - drums
LARRY FULLER - piano (1,8,11)
Produced by JOHN CLAYTON
Recorded January 22-25, 2003 and June 4, 2003 at SIGNET STUDIOS, West Hollywood, CA
Engineered & mixed by JOEL MOSS
Mastered by Ric Wilson at DIGISONICS, Northridge, CA
Photography by TIM ROUNDS
Layout and design by JOHN BISHOP/OriginArts
All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
Every once in a while a vocal jazz offering comes along that makes the standard repertoire make more sense. Most recently, Love is Never Out of Season presents itself as one of these revelatory recordings. The multi-talented Laura Welland takes Thomas Waller's time-worn standard "Honeysuckle Rose," seasons it to the taste of swinging mainstream, an ...
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
In lot of years of listening I've come across a couple of five star takes on Fats Waller's classic song "Honeysuckle Rose": Benny's Goodman's extended, loose-limbed, rollicking live version on Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert; and Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton's good time rendition -- featuring a characteristic pinpoint precision trumpet solo by Po ...
All Music Guide (Scott Yanow)
Laura Welland has a direct and simple approach as a singer, sticking close to the melody and the lyrics while swinging lightly. The key to the success of this CD, her first effort as a vocalist (she also plays trumpet, piano, and bass though not here) is that Welland picked superior songs and lets the music speak for itself. Joined by a top-notch r ...
Barnes and Noble (Donald Elfman)
If you like your love songs served up straight, free of artifice and frill, then give a listen to Laura Welland. She's chosen 12 songs from the ballad and standard songbook and presented them in a way that focuses, most naturally, on the stories they tell. Thanks to the bright, clean sound of the production and the complementary colors provided by ...
Jazz Times (Christopher Loudon)
To the ever-growing roster of Seattleites with genuine vocal sass, you can now add the name Laura Welland. Surely, I'm assuming, the only song stylist to ever abandon a successful engineering career to pursue music, Welland started out as a trumpter, switched to bass, then finally, midway though an instrumental recording session, opened her mouth t ...
Jazz Review (Don Williamson)
Laura Welland seems to be one of those multi-talented people who can accomplish any task she tackles, including engineering, playing the trumpet and learning the bass from none other than John Clayton. Once Clayton found out that she could sing too -- but of course she could, and play piano too -- he worked with Welland to produce her first CD. Pos ...