Don't Take Your Time

Don't Take Your Time

by Erin Bode


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Don't Take Your Time

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2004
Label: Max Jazz Records
UPC: 0610614011820
catalogNumber: 140118
Rank: 160799

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
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Bob Thiele   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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