Itís A Manís Manís Manís World
Iím In The Mood
Every Little Thing (He) Does Is Magic
Iím On Fire
Donít You Worry ĎBout A Thing
Take Me To The Pilot
Donít Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Can I Stay
Hallelujah, I Love (Him) So
Can You Be True
Love, Reign Oíer Me
Let It Be
Carter Calvert, vocals
Joshua Bowlus, piano
Laurence Hobgood, piano
Daniel Dickinson, alto sax
Joel Frahm, tenor and soprano sax
Alphonso Horne, trumpet
Eric Miller, trombone
David Rosenthal, guitar
Damon Mack, B3 Hammond organ
Ben Williams, bass
Marco Panascia, bass
Ulysses Owens Jr., drums
Producer : Ulysses Owens, JR
Executive producer: Roger Cohen.
Recorded Feb. 10, 2015 at Trading 8S Music , Paramus NJ.
Recorded Feb. 12, 2015 at Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY.
Running time: 63 minutes, 51 seconds
Carter Calvert is a popular Broadway performer who has sung on radio and television, as well as performing for live audiences world-wide. Her
latest album is a collection of covers of older pop and jazz tunes previously recorded by male vocalists. The band is a seasoned group of
professional musicians led by Laurence Hobgood and Joshua Bowlus.
This album is an odd mix of tunes. The oldest songs in the set were first recorded in the 1950ís. Iím in the Mood was a blues hit single
for John Lee Hooker in 1951, and Hallelujah I Love (Him) So was recorded by Ray Charles in 1956. The title track, James Brownís famous
Itís A Manís Manís Manís World,
came out in 1966. From the Seventies, Elton Johnís 1970 rocker Take Me to the Pilot and the Beatles ballad Let It Be, also 1970,
were chosen. James Taylor recorded his Donít Let Me Be Lonely Tonight in 1972. Stevie Wonderís hit Donít You Worry ĎBout A Thing
came out in 1973, and well as Peter Townshendís Love, Reign Oíer Me recorded by the Who. Two songs from the Eighties are on the list; Every Little Thing (He) Does Is Magic by Sting (1981), and Iím On Fire, written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen (1982).
Rounding out the list are Hurt, written by Trent Reznor and recorded by Nine Inch Nails (1994),
Can You Be True
by Elvis Costello (2006), and Can I Stay, by singer/songwriter Ray Lamontagne (2006).
There are some very nice songs on this album. Carter Calvert shines on Iím In The Mood, Itís A Manís Manís Manís World, and Hallelujah, I Love (Him) So and she demonstrates a great voice and range, style, and phrasing. Several of the ballads are also quite
lovely, especially Can I Stay highlighted by the beautiful guitar work of David Rosenthal, and Hurt, with bass and piano
accompaniment. There are also a few clunkers on this album. Iím On Fire doesnít work as a ballad. Itís too slow at this tempo, and thereís
no hint of fire in this arrangement. Donít You Worry ĎBout A Thing doesnít work either, itís slow and monotonous and another uninteresting
arrangement. Take Me To The Pilot is a little better, but the song itself should be left to Elton. Let It Be is another great
ballad that sounds tired on this album and comes across as uninspired.
The overall sound quality is acceptable, but a better song selection and arrangements would have greatly improved this set. Iím looking forward to
Calvertís next effort.