Connie Evingson
"Let It Be Jazz: Connie Evingson Sings The Beatles"
(Summit Records)

A fully expressive vocalist, Connie Evingson is very interpretive in her renditions of The Beatles songs on this album. Approaching them as an interpretive jazz singer, you are going to like this album, even if you are a jazz fan that (gasp!) does not like The Beatles. Fans of The Beatles lacking in appreciation of jazz, may very well find a new appreciation for the genre on listening to this disc. Certainly, Evingson is not a jazz ambassador seeking to bridge worlds, and this is nothing like the lackluster jazz albums of pop covers prevalent from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s. Evingson makes these great jazz songs as she stretches out in phrasing and lyrics on these tracks. Mary Louise Knutson on piano and Fender Rhodes gives a hip, vintage feel to the keyboard side of things on this exquisite disc. (4.5)

by Thomas Schulte

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