Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Cyrille Aimee

Burstin' Out!

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Scene

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This CD could have easily been released under the name of the singer on the session, Cyrille Aimée. She sings on all 12 tracks and that, in essence, makes it her album as much as the Chicago Jazz Orchestra's. The CJO has been making music since 1978, and I'd suggest that if they were out of New York, we'd all be well acquainted with them. The arrangements are picture perfect, and the soloists tell the story with profound musicianship. The liner notes compare Aimée to Ella Fitzgerald in terms of phrasing, ease of scat singing, and overall jazz presence. She's very good, that's for sure. Just check out her scat map on the evergreens "Sometimes I'm Happy," "Them There Eyes" and the Oscar Brown Jr. lyric on "Long As You're Living." I don't hear the parallel with Ella Fitzgerald at all. I do hear the happy and young Billie Holiday, and that may be the ultimate compliment to Aimée. Other tunes covered here include "What A Little Moonlight Can Do," "September in the Rain," "A Night in Tunisia," "Dindi," "Yardbird Suite," "Easy Living" and more. This is a smart start for a singer who will grab some attention in the newcomer category.






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