Let Me Love You
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
Tout Ce Que Veut Lola
Every Time I'm With You
Cry Me A River
Everything I've Got Belongs To You
All Of You
You Took Advantage Of Me
What Is This Thing Called Love ?
Just Say I Love Him
Nancy Lane – Vocals
Lara Driscoll – Piano
Kenny Bibace – Guitar
Mike De Masi – Bass
Dave Laing – Drums
François D'Amours – Tenor sax (tracks 2, 6, 7)
Aron Doyle – Trumpet, flugelhorn (tracks 3,4, 10)
There are so many gifted musicians around at the present time that it takes genuine quality for any jazz artiste to stand out from the crowd. The singer
Nancy Lane, who hails from Montreal, has managed to do just that on this debut album. The songs she has chosen are all standards, though some of them are
less well-known than others. She proves to be an impeccable performer, equally at home with up-tempo numbers or slower, at times languid, material. There
is a verve and zest about her, especially on songs such as Everything I've Got Belongs To You, that puts me in mind of the ebullient Anita O' Day
in her prime. The musicians in her supporting group weren't previously known to me but provide fine accompaniment for her. I was especially taken by the
performance of Lara Driscoll on piano. The final track, Just Say I Love Him, for instance, is a lovely ballad which Nancy Lane explores with
sensitivity and which gives Driscoll space for a moving and delicate solo.
There are numerous highlights elsewhere on the disc. Tout Ce Que Veut Lola is a sultry version of the show-tune Whatever Lola Wants, sung
in French. Every Time I'm With You is a swinger, with witty lyrics, featuring some nimble guitar from Kenny Bibace. Cry Me A River will
be forever associated with Julie London. Lane gives the song enough of a tweak, though, to make it her own, ably assisted by the resonant Mike De Masi on
bass and the soulful tenor sax of François D'Amours. There's an interesting arrangement of the great Cole Porter song, All Of You, where De Masi
again makes his mark. You Took Advantage Of Me provides a further opportunity for Nancy Lane to show her versatility as a vocalist. There's some
nifty drumming here from Dave Laing, in addition.
This album provided a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience and Nancy Lane is a real find. I understand she comes from a musical family and it shows!
She seems to have absorbed the jazz vocal tradition, to exceptional effect. I look forward to much more from this talented chanteuse.