Thursday, September 17, 2015

Marti Pellow-Sentimental Me (2008)

ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: September 17, 2015

I've definitely been in the easy-listening mood for the past few days, but I can be in any kind of mood when I want to enjoy some nice jazz music. As was the case earlier this afternoon when I finally made some time to treat myself to "Sentimental Me", the gem of a solo jazz album by Scottish singer Marti Pellow. A collection of sentimental songs to put you in that right sentimental mood—just like the title suggests. Once the magical duo of the elegant piano and the crooning voice of the former lead singer of WET WET WET met my ears on the opening title track, I knew that I was listening to something special. That magic is weaved so well all throughout, yet it dazzled me the most on touching pieces like "A Child In Born" and dreamy selections like "You Don't Know What Love Is", which gets a terrific boost by the blaring melodies of the trumpets in the climatic concluding movements. I loved Marti's renditions of a couple of timeless standards I recall from my music-listening yesterdays: "I've Got You Under My Skin" (love the jazzy upswing shift midway through!) and "Tell Me About It", which didn't ring a bell until I heard how Marti tenderly sung the title lyrics in the main chorus. According to my memory bank, I recall hearing the latter the first time by a female vocalist—someone along the lines of a Norah Jones or a Joan Osborne—on the radio. Well, I surely never heard this one on the FM airwaves before: "Summerwind". One of Marti's best selections on this album, for sure, and I had to play it twice in succession, marveling at how the explosive closeout instrumentals totally put an exciting exclamation point on this song! "Take A Letter Miss Jones" is another dazzling highlight; this time, it was Marti's soaring voice in sync with the thrilling upbeat swing that I found most pleasing. Considering all of the classy orchestral production and Marti's warming delivery that went into creating all thirteen of these tunes, part of me had somehow expected him to perform a cover of a third standard I remember so well from my timeless movie-watching days: "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". It would've fit in quite nicely here, wouldn't it? Or maybe that part of me secretly desired to hear that memorable Judy Garland golden oldie from "The Wizard Of Oz" that I've been hearing so much over the past few months. With or without it, Marti's "Sentimental Me" is pure gold that deserves its own special place in that musical treasure chest:

1. Sentimental Me
2. A Child Is Born
3. You Don't Know What Love Is
4. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
5. I've Got You Under My Skin
6. When The World Was Young
7. Tell Me About It
8. You Must Believe In Spring
9. Summerwind
10. Chicago Rose
11. I'm Glad There Is You
12. Take A Letter Miss Jones
13. Lonely Girl

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