Take Love Easy

Take Love Easy

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by Sophie Milman
     
 
Some critics might dismiss Sophie Milman as simply another pretty female singer, yet with her third CD, she continues to show an adventurous spirit, tackling standards and obscurities while also forging ahead into pop. Retaining many of the musicians from her previous release, Make Someone Happy, the upbeat alto offers a hip take of See more details below

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Some critics might dismiss Sophie Milman as simply another pretty female singer, yet with her third CD, she continues to show an adventurous spirit, tackling standards and obscurities while also forging ahead into pop. Retaining many of the musicians from her previous release, Make Someone Happy, the upbeat alto offers a hip take of Duke Ellington's long overlooked "Take Love Easy," exuding sex appeal and backed by guitarist Rob Piltch, bassist Kieran Overs, and percussionist Mark McLean (who also arranged it), with a brief solo added on soprano sax by PJ Perry. Pianist Paul Shrofel contributed the breezy bop vehicle "That Is Love," which showcases Milman in her best light. She soars in the brisk treatment of the old chestnut "Day In, Day Out," starting in a samba setting and switching to bop, featuring alto saxophonist Wessel Warmdaddy Anderson. Her ventures into pop remain a mixed bag. "I Can't Make You Love Me" has been recorded often, just not in a jazz setting. Milman is boosted by Steven MacKinnon's chart, which adds several horns in the background, so it ends up deeper, even if there is little risk-taking by the singer. Milman can't help but be influenced a bit by Joni Mitchell as she interprets the folksinger's "Be Cool," though she remains remarkably subtle in her approach. Less successful are her renditions of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" and Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover," both of which are hampered by their bland melodies and forgettable lyrics. But with this generally strong release, Sophie Milman remains one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Nate Chinen
There’s always a place in the world for another chic, sure-footed jazz chanteuse, and Sophie Milman has spent the last five years securing hers.... Throughout the album Ms. Milman enjoys the support of a house combo attuned to her smoldering restraint. At times she gets comfortable enough to fly off on a tangent. But Ms. Milman’s core philosophy might best be summed up by the Joni Mitchell tune she covers here: “Be Cool.”

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2009
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923511526
catalogNumber:
5115
Rank:
33277

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sophie Milman   Primary Artist,Vocals
Guido Basso   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Richard Cohen   French Horn
Vern Dorge   Bass Clarinet
Kieran Overs   Bass
Rob Piltch   Guitar
Tom Szczesniak   Accordion
P.J. Perry   Soprano Saxophone,Sax (Sopranino)
Michael Davidson   Vibes
Kay   Trombone
Dave Dunlop   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Gord Myers   Trombone
Jason Logue   Trumpet
Paul Shrofel   Piano,fender rhodes,Musical Direction
Robi Botos Trio   Piano
Rosendo Leon   Percussion
Alt   Flute,Alto Flute
Robi Botos   Piano
Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Wayne King   Composer
John "Beetle" Bailey   Engineer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Pete Coulman   Arranger
Aaron Davis   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Steven MacKinnon   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Paul Shrofel   Arranger,Composer
Cameron Wallis   Arranger

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Take Love Easy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is great & what a great album. Wonderful music. She has a great voice. Never get tired of listening.