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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2010
  • Label: Origin Records
  • UPC: 805558257322
  • Catalog Number: 82573
  • Sales rank: 264,075

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
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Ted Koehler Composer
Josh Richter Engineer
Vijay Tellis Nayak Engineer
Alison Ruble Producer, Artwork
John McLean Arranger, Producer
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