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Jeremy Davenport

Maybe in a Dream




  1. A Beautiful Friendship
  2. I Thought About You
  3. Maybe in a dream
  4. Letís Leave
  5. Moonglow
  6. What Ever Happened
  7. P.S. I Love You
  8. Spirit of St. Louis
  9. You Are the One for Me
  10. A Second Chance
  11. They Didnít Believe Me

Jeremy Davenport - Vocals & Trumpet
Diana Krall Ė Vocal on ĎLetís Leaveí
Glenn Patscha Ė Piano
Peter Washington Ė Bass
Gregory Hutchinson - Drums
Recorded in NYC, March 11 Ė 14, 1997

In a 16 page sleeve note TELARC give all the words for all the songs, but say not a word about Jeremy Davenport or the superb trio that backs him on this CD! The more I do this job, the less I understand about the people who produce and sell recordings. Jeremy Davenport has excellent diction and if I wanted the words to any of the songs, it would be very easy to write them down. That said however, this is an excellent album and I shall make it my business to find out more about Jeremy Davenport who is both a fine singer and a terrific trumpet player.[see profile ]

Maybe in a Dream, Letís Leave, What Ever Happened, Spirit of St Louis and A Second Chance are all Jeremy Davenport compositions, Diana Krall joins him for the vocal on Letís Leave, surely an asset to any album.

Glenn Patscha plays excellent piano throughout, on Moonglow he duets with Davenport to very good effect, but it is the sound of the trio as a whole that I like.

Jeremy is obviously well steeped in the jazz tradition and not afraid to draw from the past, a facet of any jazz player that I feel is essential.

The original compositions fit well in to the context of the CD and the lyrics are well crafted, I particularly liked What Ever Happened, a tune worthy of regular hearing. It has a fine piano chorus from Glenn Patscha and a nice exchange of four bar breaks between drummer Gregory Hutchinson and the leader.

Jeremy, though obviously a different kind of player, is bound to draw comparisons with the legendary Chet Baker. Lets hope that his life manages to keep on an even keel unlike the unfortunate Baker, probably one of the most talented of jazz musicians that ever lived, but with a life full of tragedy. Diana Krall has managed to combine being an excellent jazz pianist and singer with being commercially successful, I hope Jeremy manages to do the same, he deserves to!

You are the One for Me is a jaunty original, well delivered by Jeremy on both vocal and trumpet. Once again the trio is superb, what anyone would give to play with a rhythm section like that! A Second chance has a nice Latin feel to it.

As my regular readers know, I donít like albums full of original tunes that donít shape up to the great standard tunes of the past. I am pleased to report that on this album they do and that the mixture of familiar and unfamiliar adds to its fascination.

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Don Mather

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