Laura Welland

Love Is Never Out Of Season

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

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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 to sing. Result? As demonstrated a dozen times on her debut album, Love Is Never Out Of Season (OA2), Welland's a little bit Blossom Dearie and a little bit Ann Hampton Callaway, with feet planted firmly in both jazz and cabaret camps.

Supported by the sort of A-list trio you'd expect to (and often do) find behind established stars Billy Mays on piano (replaced for three tracks by Larry Fuller), John Clayton on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums Welland weaves a multicolored musical tapestry that stretches from a dusky "When I Grow Too Old To Dream" to the bright, bouncy title track. I'll admit little fondness for her "Be My Love" (a sentiment I blame less on her performance than on the tune's clunky grandiosity) but figure she more than makes up for it with a slow baked "I Got The Sun In The Morning" and You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" that hints at the combined smokiness of Julie London and Jeri Southern.








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