Ava Logan: So Many Stars
Ava Logan on Vocals
Henry Johnson on Guitar and Vocal
Larry Novak on Piano
Larry Gray on Acoustic Bass
Leon Joyce on Drums and Percussion
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
October 12, 2008
There is something to be said for a lovely CD with renowned and lesser known standards, a small band that relates to the style and rhythm of the vocalist, and generous instrumental solos that blend well with the vocals. Ava Loganís So Many Stars should be a hit, with tracks that contrast rhythm, mood, and tempo, all the while drawing the listener in.
#2 Ė Too Close for Comfort - Composed by Jerrold Bock, George Weiss, Larry Holofcener. Opening with a swell swing, Ava Logan comes in with clear, smooth vocals, while Larry Novakís generous piano riffs are contagious. Ms. Logan and her band create an uncluttered, upbeat sound, and Leon Joyceís percussion keeps the beat.
#5 Ė Wild Is the Wind - Composed by Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington. This was my favorite track, with Henry Johnsonís long guitar introduction, Larry Grayís soulful bass solos, exotic percussion, enticing piano passages, and languorous vocals that soothe and nurture. Ms. Logan finds her range in this slower genre, where her deeper tones can be appreciated.
#6 - The Grass Is Greener - Composed by Barry Mann, Mike Anthony. The band is fully featured here, in a racing tempo that cleverly picks up the beat, on the heels of the previous sultry song. Larry Gray takes the lead between vocals, and the track transports the listener to a downtown Club.
#10 - At Last - Composed by Harry Warren, Mack Gordon. Henry Johnsonís guitar solos blend into New Orleans, bluesy refrains. Ms. Loganís vocals are impassioned and persuasive, and her band backs her seamlessly.
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