Modern Antique

Modern Antique

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by Robin McKelle
     
 

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Robin McKelle is a California based singer who enjoys the big-band sound, as well as old-time singers like Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington, reflective in her voice. She has a slightly sultry, at times girlish sound that is striving for vintage sophistication, but also relies on contemporary song stylist precepts. She's not

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Robin McKelle is a California based singer who enjoys the big-band sound, as well as old-time singers like Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington, reflective in her voice. She has a slightly sultry, at times girlish sound that is striving for vintage sophistication, but also relies on contemporary song stylist precepts. She's not Norah Jones, Diana Krall, or Joni Mitchell by a long shot, and not trying to be. She sounds quite similar to Detroit based vocalist Kathy Kosins in her phrasing and affectations. The problem with this recording, her third, is that it is way overproduced, not in a contemporary synthesizer soaked way, for all of the arrangements are acoustically derived. But the rather large horn section and strings dominate this stylized singer on too many occasions. It will be good someday to hear her with a much smaller ensemble, but meanwhile, you have a fairly good representation of what McKelle sounds like doing a Las Vegas type show set. The program starts off smart enough with of a swinging and rousing version of Steve Miller's "Abracadabra," with McKelle tossing in some good scat singing. A montuno/Afro-Cuban take of "Comes Love" shows the sexy influence of Lee, while the slight contemporary light rock beat tacked on to "I Want to Be Loved" is a popular concession, but the orchestration drenches this tune. Veteran tenor saxophone soloist Pete Christlieb shines on the string infused easy swinger "Cheek to Cheek," while flugelhorn and trumpet guest Joe Magnarelli is strong and supple for the breezy "Day by Day" and stands out during the very complementary chart of "Make Someone Happy." McKelle scats again and quite effectively for "Lullaby of Birdland" with interesting staggered phrasings above a less orchestrated backdrop -- a good thing for her. She also plays piano while singing on her original, the closer "Remember," a pop ballad with strings and laden with the otherwise tasteful guitarist Larry Kuhns. This band has some other good players like trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, saxophonists Bob Shepard or Andy Snitzer, and bassist Reggie McBride, but their individualism is all but smothered. This CD will appeal to a certain audience, but there's nothing new or innovative, save the occasional vocal excursions of the clearly talented McKelle.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2008
Label:
Sidecho Records
UPC:
0875929002325
catalogNumber:
23

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robin McKelle   Primary Artist,Piano,Track Performer
Pete Christlieb   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
Glenn Berger   Oboe
Bernie Dresel   Percussion,Drums
Kirstin Fife   Strings
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Lead
Ray Herrmann   Saxophone,Woodwind
Dan Higgins   Flute,Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
Peter Kent   Strings
Joe Magnarelli   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Alain Mallet   Piano,Soloist
Andy Martin   Trombone
Reggie McBride   Bass
Charlie Morillas   Trombone
Robin Ross   Strings
Bob Shepard   Saxophone,Woodwind
Andy Snitzer   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
David Stenske   Strings
Don Clark   Trumpet
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet,Lead
Peggy Baldwin   Strings
Adriana Zoppo   Strings
Miriam Mayer   Strings
Susannah Chapman   Strings
Cameron Patrick   Strings
Quinn Johnson   Piano
Larry Hall   Trumpet
Ira Glansbeek   Strings
Nathaniel Morton   Percussion,Drums
Craig Gosnell   Trombone
James Hanna   Strings
Willie Murillo   Trumpet
Danielle Ondarza   French Horn
Robert Gonzalez   Cartage
Jason Thor   Trombone
Sarah O'Brien   Strings

Technical Credits

James "Thunderbird" Davis   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Gordon Goodwin   Arranger
George Shearing   Composer
Chris Barron   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Lew Brown   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
George Landress   Engineer
Alain Mallet   Arranger,String Arrangements
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Randy Waldman   Arranger
George David Weiss   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Peggy Baldwin   String Contractor
Charles Tobias   Composer
Willie Murillo   Arranger,Producer
Robin McKelle   Arranger,Composer,Producer
James Sherman   Composer
Oded Lev-Ari   Orchestration

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Modern Antique 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She has a wonderful voice &amp great control. It's hard to find jazz singers now that bring it back to the old time. But Robin does it. She can even scat. My favorite song on the CD is comes love. She is truley a deep breath of jazzy air.