by Anne Carlini
| Title – ‘More Than A Song’
Artist – CeCe Gable
For those not in the know, CeCe Gable is a consummate jazz performer who has sung in clubs and venues throughout the US, Europe and Japan, and who has produced four albums to critical acclaim and continues to offer concerts and clinics.
Originally, from Barberton, Ohio she now lives in the Reno Tahoe Area where she has been a featured Guest Artist with the Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic, the Reno Pops and the Carson Symphony.
CeCe is a published author, seasoned and passionate collaborative lyricist, composer and publisher. Her repertoire spans genres and generations and she has presented a diverse repertoire from Sondheim and Weil to Monk and Gershwin and is best known for her interpretation of the American Songbook.
Furthermore, when CeCe is not performing for her fans, she directs a very active vocal arts studio and is available for coaching and private lessons.
Influenced by many of the women and men of jazz, CeCe offers her own voice on jazz standards and the American Songbook and, in truth, shines on any stage whether she is accompanied by a solo pianist, a trio or an entire orchestra.
1. ‘East Of The Sun’
On her fourth album, the just-released More Than A Song, CeCe draws the listener into her captivating world of song with an incredible depth of emotion, breathing new life into nine songs from the Great American Songbook, and one from the great Brazilian songwriter/composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Opening on the lush ‘East Of The Sun,’ CeCe backs that up seamlessly with the gently irrepressible swing of ‘As Long as I Live,’ that is itself followed by the early ’70s jive of ‘Love Is a Necessary Evil,’ the quietly dampened ‘I Thought About You’ and the fervently-controlled melodies of ‘My Shining Hour.’
The acoustic-imbued, Ella Fitzgerald evoked, and here a duet with Harvie S on upright bass tune ‘What Is This Thing Called Love’ is a joy to behold and is backed by the perky ‘It’s Alright with Me,’ the lonesome aura of ‘Fotografia,’ with the album rounding out on the finger-snapping roll of ‘I Concentrate on You,’ closing on the melodic jazz ballad ‘Detour Ahead.’
The ensemble: CeCe Gable, vocals; Roni Ben-Hur, guitar; Harvie S, bass; Sylvia Cuenca, drums; and Brian Landrus on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet.