Don't Take Your Time

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Erin Bode's national recording debut for Maxjazz is an impressive affair. The young singer, who is gifted with a sweet and clear voice, wanted to cover her favorite songs, so here she delves into rock, bluegrass, pop ballads, R&B, and standards from the Great American Songbook, and is backed by a very supportive rhythm section consisting of pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Montez Coleman. Most of the first five tracks are eye-openers. She confidently opens the CD with a country-flavored original, "Don't Take Your Time," co-written and jointly arranged with Adam Maness, who also plays piano on this track a bonus CD-Rom video track of a live studio...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Erin Bode's national recording debut for Maxjazz is an impressive affair. The young singer, who is gifted with a sweet and clear voice, wanted to cover her favorite songs, so here she delves into rock, bluegrass, pop ballads, R&B, and standards from the Great American Songbook, and is backed by a very supportive rhythm section consisting of pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Montez Coleman. Most of the first five tracks are eye-openers. She confidently opens the CD with a country-flavored original, "Don't Take Your Time," co-written and jointly arranged with Adam Maness, who also plays piano on this track a bonus CD-Rom video track of a live studio performance of "Don't Take Your Time" is also included. The Beatles' "Here, There and Everywhere" has been performed in a jazz setting before, but Bode is one of a just a few jazz singers to record it, and Barth's imaginative arrangement is a great improvement over the typically overblown charts used elsewhere. She then switches gears to tackle Bill Monroe's mournful bluegrass ballad "In the Pines," multi-tracking a backing vocal in spots, and adding Adam Rogers' delicious acoustic slide guitar and Meg Okura's gritty violin. Rogers is also on-hand for Bode's funky take of Bob Dylan's "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You." However, her performance of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" sticks a little too close to the pop world, especially with the harmony vocals of Jerry Barnes. Hardcore jazz fans will likely gravitate toward the standards, as that's where she is at her best. Her lightly swinging take of "But Not for Me" features Grenadier's unusual bassline and the inventive Steve Nelson on vibes. She captures the essence of Matt Dennis' sentimental ballad "Junior and Julie," while she displays the skills of an actress in the show tune "I've Never Been in Love Before." Barth's bluesy piano provides the perfect setting for her playful interpretation of "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You." Eclectic as Erin Bode's taste in music is, her ability to effectively integrate such a diverse range of songs into a single release should be highly commended; she is very deserving of nationwide exposure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Max Jazz Records
  • UPC: 610614011820
  • Catalog Number: 140118
  • Sales rank: 76,438

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erin Bode Primary Artist, Vocals
Jerry Barnes Background Vocals
Bruce Barth Piano, fender rhodes
Larry Grenadier Bass
Adam Rogers Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Steve Nelson Quartet Vibes
Meg Okura Violin
Montez Coleman Drums
Adam Maness Piano
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Cyndi Lauper Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Don Redman Composer
Tonio K. Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Bruce Barth Arranger, Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Rob Hyman Composer
Katsuhiko Naito Mastering
Stevie Wonder Composer
Bob Thiele Jr. Composer
John Shanks Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
David Baker Engineer
Pressley Jacobs Art Direction
Erin Bode Arranger, Composer
Adam Maness Arranger, Composer
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