BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
by Ann Alex
Album Review: Ashley Locheed & Chris Rottmayer – So in Love
Ashley Locheed (voice); Chris Rottmayer (piano); Chuck Archard (electric bass) Keith Wilson (drums)
(Recorded in 2011, So in Love is dedicated to the band’s drummer Keith Wilson who died in 2014 aged 55.)
Ashley Locheed, vocalist and bandleader, performs internationally with her quartet, tours regularly with Michael Bolton and has worked with Engelbert Humperdinck as well as playing with artists such as Richard Drexler and Allan Vaché.
Chris Rottmayer, a pianist for Walt Disney World since 1999, is at present a jazz piano instructor at the University of South Florida.
These two lead on this very fine, stylish, more-than-competent, album, which gives us mostly standards including two different renditions of So in Love, but also provides variety in the form of The Windmills of Your Mind; Paul Simon’s Something So Right and La Vie En Rose.
The opening So in Love is intimately sung over a Latin beat with a strong rhythmic bass, in contrast to the same song on the final track, a swing version with a fuller sound and a lighter bass. Both acceptable but I preferred it swinging. Agua De Beber has pleasing lyrics which I hadn’t noticed before, maybe because it’s often sung in the original language. ‘Round Midnight, feelingly sung, getting across the tension of being unsure in love. It helped that I was listening at around midnight (we never sleep at BSH).
I Love Paris ended with a quick chorus of C’est Ci Bon, a neat touch. The cleverly arranged Summer Wind, with effective images of cymbals sounding like the wind and the piano flowing like wind. The Windmills of Your Mind, sung as a slow ballad making it all the better to enjoy the imagery of the lyrics and Piaf’s La Vie En Rose over an effectively steady drumbeat rounded off an excellent choice of tunes.
The album is available from September 4 on the Timucua Arts Foundation label. See www.chrisrottmayer.com
So in Love; Agua De Beber; ‘Round Midnight; Day in Day Out; I Love Paris; Something So Right (Paul Simon); Summer Wind; Sailing; The Windmills of Your Mind (Michel Legrand); La Vie En Rose; So in Love (take two).