Ashland

Ashland

by Alison Ruble
     
 
Vocalist Alison Ruble's second CD for Origin is much like her first effort, a mix of standards and pop with embellishments of folk and rock, with arrangements again by guitarist John McLean. Gifted with a warm alto voice, Ruble starts off with an intriguing take of "The Summer Knows" (remembered by many as

Overview

Vocalist Alison Ruble's second CD for Origin is much like her first effort, a mix of standards and pop with embellishments of folk and rock, with arrangements again by guitarist John McLean. Gifted with a warm alto voice, Ruble starts off with an intriguing take of "The Summer Knows" (remembered by many as Michel Legrand's haunting theme written for the early-'70s film Summer of '42) that has a rich backdrop of acoustic guitar, alto flute, arco cello, and bass caressing her warm vocals. Most arrangers don't put a lot of thought into the scoring of the standard "Let's Fall in Love," yet McLean's brilliant chart incorporates an infectious vamp and subtle use of the strings and Jim Gailloreto's soprano sax to back Ruble's playful vocal. Though written by Bobby Troup, "Route 66" is readily identified with the late jazz pianist/vocalist Nat King Cole. Ruble's contemporary version is well out of jazz territory and heads into soft rock, though it retains a high energy level. The newer songs from country, pop, rock, and blues are a bit uneven. Emmylou Harris is a country
ock artist who has thoroughly tested her own musical boundaries, so it's logical that Ruble would explore her own songs. Organ and acoustic guitar are prominent in Ruble's contemporary interpretation of Harris' "Here I Am." Less interesting are the country-flavored setting of King Crimson's "Matte Kudasai" (hampered by both its weak melody and forgettable lyrics) and the funky yet bland take of Bonnie Raitt's "Tangled and Dark." While this is a generally enjoyable CD by Alison Ruble, it isn't quite as strong as her debut release This Is a Bird.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2010
Label:
Origin Records
UPC:
0805558257322
catalogNumber:
82573
Rank:
331488

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alison Ruble   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jill Kaeding   Cello
Jim Gailloreto   Alto Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Kohut   Acoustic Bass,Chapman Stick
Jim Widlowski   Percussion,Drums
Karl Montzka   Hammond B3
John McLean   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Steve Kilbey   Composer
King Crimson   Composer
Bonnie Raitt   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
John Bishop   Layout
Alan Bergman   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Karin Jansson   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Josh Richter   Engineer
Vijay Tellis Nayak   Engineer
Alison Ruble   Producer,Artwork
John McLean   Arranger,Producer

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