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Amy Banks – When The Sun Comes Out (CD)


Sound: B     Music: B



From the scatting and abstract side of Jazz Vocals, Amy Banks latest album When The Sun Comes Out has the singer weaving her way through standards and classics with ease.  The styles change more than usual, but that is a good thing.  Joined by the well-known Jazz pianist Allen Farnham, she delivers the following songs:


1)     How High The Moon

2)     Poetry Man

3)     Devil May Care

4)     When The Sun Comes Out

5)     I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)

6)     It Keeps You Runnin’

7)     Foul Play

8)     Ruined For The Rest

9)     Lover Man

10)  Skylark



She has a beautiful voice and the subtle, effective range always makes the material more involving than it would be otherwise.  That’s talent.  Most interesting here is her cover of the Michael McDonald/Doobie Brothers hit It Keeps You Runnin’, which brings out a fine new aspect of the song which remains one of McDonald’s (and the band’s) best records.  With less Rock and more Jazz, the song is still very recognizable and is a pleasant alternative version.


The PCM 2.0 Stereo is also pleasant, nicely recorded in a consciously more airy than rich way.  This is a very clean, clear recording typical of the higher standards of Jazz and guarantees playback for fans who are lucky enough to get this album.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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