Michael Doherty’s Music Log
by Michael Doherty
Kristin Callahan: “Lost In A Dream” – Vocalist Kristin Callahan delivers beautiful, warm and earthy renditions of some beloved standards on her new album. She opens with a wistful, wonderfully sad version of “Lush Life” that reminds us why, regardless of the outcome, we’ll always be tempted “to madness.” That moment when the band quiets for the line “Oh yes, I was wrong again” is fantastic and captivating. That’s followed by “Memories Always Start,” a short piece with some interesting percussion that functions as an introduction to “‘Round Midnight.” This version of “‘Round Midnight” features, in addition to Kristin’s enthralling vocal performance, some really nice work by Matvei Sigalov on guitar and Joe Herrera on trumpet. Then Matt Rippetoe joins Kristin on saxophone for a nice rendition of “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise” that also features prominent percussion by Tom Teasley and Lee Pearson. The album’s title track is its sole original piece, written by Kristin Callahan, and it is one of my favorites. It begins in a rather sad place, as she thinks back on an unrequited love, asking “And will you forget my love?” Then it takes on a Latin vibe while maintaining its beauty. “In my heart I know you don’t love me/Still I stay, holding on day by day/I’m a fool to dream that you would stay.” I am particularly fond of that guitar part in the second half of the track. That’s followed by a seriously cool rendition of “Caravan” that features some excellent work by Eliot Seppa on bass, and of course some wonderful percussion. What is most surprising about this rendition is that great instrumental section which has a late 1960s psychedelic flavor. Rounding out the album are “The Shadow Of Your Smile” and “Once I Loved,” two songs that look back at love. “Because love is the saddest thing when it goes away.” This album is scheduled to be released on July 16, 2021.