Joan Crowe: Bird on the Wire, Evensong Music

by | Sep 7, 2005 | Jazz CD Reviews | 0 comments

Joan Crowe: Bird on the Wire, Evensong Music B0008191Q0, 46:23 ***1/2:

A debut album as good as this deserves a listen or twenty.  Joan
Crowe’s first release “Bird on the Wire” is jazz essence in its purest
form. Her platinum voice captures the mood in her cover of Leonard
Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire.”

My favorite track on the album “Sweet Southern Woman,” gets down and
funky. The piano and guitar lead as much as the vocal. Joan really cuts
loose, and lets the music do the talking. I hope that Joan continues to
write, perform, and record. Bird on the Wire has really got me
interested in new jazz again. Another great cover song on the album is
“I’m Only Sleeping,” has a reggae/jazz twist that will get you bobbing
your head.

Accompanied by Tedd Firth on Piano, Jay Leonhardt on Bass, Scott Neuman
on Drums, George Walker Petit on Guitars, Justin Plynn on Saxophone and
Clarinet and Mike Petit on Hammond Organ.

Songs on the album include: Fever/Caught a Touch of Your Love,
Never-Never Land, Every Night I Sleep with an Angel, The Way You Look
Tonight, Boom Boom, Petite Southern Woman, I Cover the Waterfront, I’m
Only Sleeping, Everything, Me and Mrs. Jones, Twisted, Bird on the Wire
and Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss. Samples of the songs are available at
her website www.joancrowe.com

— Paul Pelon IV

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