Monday, April 5, 2010
A Sun-Up Sky (LML Music)
Long before "pop" became whatever Ryan Seacrest is hawking in any given week, it was a word synonymous with the Great American Songbook and the mature emotional palette expressed therein. Racine native Suzanne Jamieson excels in applying the colors from that palette to some of that book's songs and others owing to its legacy. Over softly recorded arrangements rich with piano, Jamieson lends gusto to material by writers ranging from Cole Porter to Barry Manilow. Her supple soprano tone, given to occasional runs of diva drama, should find fans among those who already enjoy Kristin Chenoweth; Diana Krall lovers may also find favor with the prominence of keyboard against expressive female vocals. Within that old-fashioned definition of pop, Jamieson combines jazz, adult contemporary and show-tune intuition into a sound just right for nightclub evenings and seductions aplenty.