Maple Groove

Maple Groove

by Ranee Lee
     
 

The always swinging singer Ranee Lee chose to create a songbook of works written by Canadian composers and/or lyricists for this release, including some fare not typically covered in a jazz setting. Folksinger Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" works surprisingly well in an uptempo hard bop…  See more details below

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The always swinging singer Ranee Lee chose to create a songbook of works written by Canadian composers and/or lyricists for this release, including some fare not typically covered in a jazz setting. Folksinger Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" works surprisingly well in an uptempo hard bop setting, while rocker Bruce Cockburn's "My Beat" is given a funky treatment. Less successful is a bossa nova arrangement of the Guess Who's "Undun," which collapses due to its vapid lyrics, while the strutting take of Blood, Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel" goes off track due to the addition of a dumb rap by Darrell Henegan Jr. However, the standards and jazz compositions are consistently rewarding. She soars with a brisk rendition of Bill Evans' timeless ballad "Waltz for Debby" (with lyrics by Canada native Gene Lees), while the McGill Students Vocal Ensemble invite comparisons to the Singers Unlimited with their backing of Lee in the amazing a cappella version of Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom." Her lighthearted take of "Swinging Shepherd Blues" includes a bit of playful scatting and singing in unison with guitarist Richard Ring. She packs an emotional punch with her powerful interpretation of "Maybe September." Lee is in consistently fine voice throughout the date, which is warmly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2004
Label:
Justin Time Records
UPC:
0068944019427
catalogNumber:
194

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ranee Lee   Primary Artist,Vocals
Richard Beaudet   Saxophone
Ron DiLauro   Trumpet
Dave Laing   Drums
Richard Ring   Guitar
Brian Dickinson   Piano
Mike Downes   Bass,Electric Bass
John Sadowy   Piano
Zach Lober   Bass
Zach Lober   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Percy Faith   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Luiz Bonfá   Composer
Bruce Cockburn   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Ranee Lee   Producer
Oscar Peterson   Composer
Moe Koffman   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Randy Bachman   Composer
David Clayton-Thomas   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Paul Mann   Composer
Ian Terry   Engineer
George David Weiss   Composer
Rick Wilkins   Arranger,Producer
Jim West   Producer
Ruth Lowe   Composer
Matt Dubey   Composer
Robert Foster   Composer
R. Evans   Composer
Stephen Weiss   Composer

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