Mary Foster Conklin: Blues for Breakfast
(Mary Foster Conklin Website)
Remembering Matt Dennis
Mary Foster Conklin on Vocals
John Di Martino on Piano
Tony Romano on Guitar
Sean Smith on Bass
Ron Vincent on Drums
Joel Frahm on Sax
Wilson “Chembo” Corniel on Percussion
Leo Traversa on Electric Bass
David Oquendo on Vocals/Spanish Lyrics
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
February 18, 2007
Vocalist, Mary Foster Conklin’s new recording, celebrating the late composer, Matt Dennis, has a fused musical motif, with a bit of Broadway, Latin, and Brazil. Guitar, piano, sax, bass, and percussion take solos that enhance and extend the beauty of the vocal theme. Wilson “Chembo” Corniel’s Latin percussion and Joel Frahm’s brassy sax embellish this creative recording with energy.
#2 - Spring Isn’t Spring Anymore - Composed by Dennis/Dennis. Latin infusion evokes a sultry bossa nova, while Mary Foster Conklin, piano, brushes, drums, and guitar lead this enchanting ballad. Ms. Conklin is audibly moved by the lyrics and embraces their meaning.
#4 – Angel Eyes – Composed by Dennis/Brent. A Frank Sinatra favorite, this song takes on a new dimension, sung by this sultry vocalist. Ms. Conklin opens a cappella and is later followed by Tony Romano’s glittering guitar solo. John di Martino’s piano waterfalls drip with tears.
#11 – Let’s Get Away from It All – Composed by Dennis/Adair. Sean Smith, on bass, leads the ensemble here, with Tony Romano and John di Martino’s backup. Ms. Conklin seems well showcased in this swinging standard.
#14 – Violets for Your Furs – Composed by Dennis/Adair. One of my favorite ballads, also made famous by Sinatra, opens here with John di Martino on quiet, captivating piano accompaniment. His bluesy solo extends the magical mood.
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