MICHAEL DOHERTY’S MUSIC LOG
by Michael Doherty
Jonathan Karrant and Joshua White: “Shadows Fall” – Vocalist Jonathan Karrant and pianist Joshua White come together to deliver an excellent album of standards and a few surprises. The album opens with one of those surprises, “The Best” (here listed as “Simply The Best”), written by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman, and originally recorded by Bonnie Tyler, and then by Tina Turner. The arrangement here is quite a bit different from those recordings, obviously, and Jonathan Karrant’s vocal approach is likewise different, yet just as passionate as those two singers, with a wonderful warmth. This is a beautiful rendition, and that work on piano seems able to lift our hearts to great heights. That is followed by a lively and fresh version of “My Romance.” Another of the surprising choices is “I Try,” Macy Gray’s big hit, and this duo gives us a pretty and thoughtful take on it. That’s followed by Mose Allyson’s “Stop This World,” a song with lyrics we can relate to these days, such as “Stop this world, it’s not making sense.” Jonathan Karrant and Joshua White are clearly have a good time with this one, and the results are delightful. They add a cool spoken word section in the middle: “Now when I wake up in the morning and I take a look around/I see a world that keeps on bringing me down/So much struggle, pain and hate.” Indeed. Another song that has a great appeal in these strange days is “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams,” and these two talented musicians present a really good rendition that begins with some playful scat. They also give us beautiful and moving renditions of “My One And Only Love” and Cole Porter’s “So In Love,” and a joyful version of James Taylor’s “Your Smiling Face.” This album was released on May 21, 2021.