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Nora Germain: Go For It

Nora Germain on Violin, Vocals, Claps, Piano
Jamison Ross on Drums
Joe Ashlar on Piano and Rhodes
Roland Guerin on Upright and Electric Bass
Miles Jensen on Guitar
Genevieve Artadi on (Guest) Background Vocals
John Schroeder on (Guest) Guitar
Johnny Hanson on (Guest) Claps
Marshall Hawkins on (Guest) Voice
Martin Taylor on (Guest) Guitar


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 23, 2017

Nora Germain’s new CD is a tribute to New Orleans, to renowned jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli, to guitarist, Martin Taylor, to bassist, Marshall Hawkins, and to her many fans. An eclectic mix of music especially features Ms. Germain’s mastery of the violin in swinging jazz and bluesy standards, like “Secret Love” and “‘S Wonderful”. The versatile Ms. Germain is featured on violin, vocals, and even piano, with each track an engaging listening pleasure. With an accompanying band on piano and Rhodes, background vocals, claps, drums, bass, and guitars, Martin Taylor on guitar and Marshall Hawkins on voice, as well, Ms. Germain’s new album will entertain you and your guests immensely. Ms. Germain created all new arrangements for 16 tracks, and she composed and wrote lyrics for four, including “Piano Impromptu”, her own piano solo.

Notable tracks:

#4 – Angel’s Camp – Composed by Martin Taylor MBE. This rambunctious tune, composed by Martin Taylor, was lovely listening. Nora Germain, on violin, has the inherent sound of Stéphane Grappelli, that retro swell swing. Performing on guitar was Miles Jensen, with Roland Guerin on bass, Joe Ashlar on Rhodes, and Jamison Ross on Drums. Mr. Ashlar’s keyboard solo exudes mastery and enthusiasm for the pulsating, danceable music. But, it was Ms. Germain’s versatile violin that magnetized the moment.

#6 – The Way You Look Tonight – Composed by D. Fields / J. Kern. This engaging standard by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern never sounded sweeter or more sensuous, with Ms. Germain once again breezing through the mellifluous melody. About a third of the way through this tune, Mr. Ashlar, on piano, grabbed the theme and added tonal twists and turns. The basic band performed on this track, no guests, and each musician glowed in frequent spotlights, with Mr. Ross on brushes and Mr. Jensen and Mr. Guerin on captivating guitar and bass. Romantic verve imbued this track. A keyboard-percussive flourish provided the finale.

#8 – Love – Composed by Nora Germain. This original tune by Ms. Germain finds the songwriter also on vocals and violin. She infuses her youthful style with Gospel spiritualism, intoning her listeners to “feel love” around them. The message seems pure and heartfelt, and she keeps her violin front and center as well. Background vocalist, Genevieve Artadi, harmonizes nicely, while Mr. Ashlar is back on Rhodes. Electric bass and guitar fill out this track’s band, with the musicians tightly synced.

#16 – ’S Wonderful – Composed by G. Gershwin / I. Gershwin. You will be transported back to the 1930’s and the Quintette du Hot Club de France, as you immerse yourself in this captivating variation of the Gershwin brothers’ timeless tune. Ms. Germain’s talent is widely showcased here, opening the track in slow motion and then diving into a whirling rendition of this ebullient song. Mr. Jensen’s guitar gets a thorough workout, as well, in Django Reinhardt-styled rhythms. Bass, drums, and piano enhance the tonal frolic and frenzy, and you just don’t want this tune to end.

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