Daria

Strawberry Fields Forever

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs

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Daria's vocals rise above a dynamic horn section and expressive percussion work that puts a strong groove into "When I'm Sixty-four." That opens her album as this vocalist brings the listening audience an interesting assortment of Beatle tunes with fresh jazzy arrangements. Sam Bevan and Daria have collaborated on arranging these popular compositions in a most unique way. I loudly applaud these arrangements and the talented musicians who interpret them. Henry Hung, on trumpet, adds his impeccable talents to Cut #4, "Fixing A Hole." His solo is dynamic and he tastefully enhances Daria's performance, knowing just where to place improvised 'riffs' and 'fills'. I believe he inspired her to cut loose and fly free vocally on this number, letting her vocals mimic a horn and even blend with the horn section at times. I Love this arrangement. I enjoyed her 'swing' arrangement of "Can't Buy Me Love". She gives us a small taste of her scat singing abilities here. The "Bird" medley is well-done. I think Daria is not afraid to take chances with her production and arranging capabilities. She combines a medley of three tunes in a most interesting way on cut #6, incorporating "Bye Bye Blackbird" with the Beatles "Blackbird" and "Icarus" tunes. The big band sounding arrangement on "The Fool On the Hill" is spectacular, as is the Latin flavored, "If I Fell." I think Daria may be a very excellent jazz producer and arranger, trapped inside a pop singer's body.






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