June Bisantz is reviewed by Jazz Blues Magazine with 7 Shades of Snow

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June Bisantz


by Ron Weinstock


JUNE BISANTZ 7 Shades of Snow ARABESQUE RECORDS Vocalist June Bisantz’s latest album is an EP of seasonal tunes. The six songs here were composed by Arnold Miller and Connie Pierce in 1960-1961 for June Christy, which will be fresh for listeners six decades later. This project was begun in 2020 at the height of pandemic restrictions. It was conceived, arranged, and recorded in seven distinct studios with digital technology, making the result sound like they were all in a studio. Backing Bisantz is the Jon Burr Sextet with bassist Burr, pianist Mike Eckroth, guitarist James Chirillom trumpeter Brandon Lee, saxophonist Marc Pfaneuf, and drummer Alvester Garnett. They swing cleanly and tastefully behind Bisantz’s relaxed, velvety singing, whether celebrating the holidays on “The Merriest” or the wistful “Ring a Merry Bell.” There is some marvelous interplay between trumpet and guitar opening “Hang Them on a Tree” and a wonderful appreciation of snow on the title track, with lovely muted trumpet and flute behind the melodious vocal. Then there is “Sorry To See You Go,” with its poignancy of someone leaving at year’s end along with a robust, concise tenor sax solo. “7 Shades of Snow” is an inspired addition to holiday jazz albums with its repertoire and the sterling performances by Bizantz and her backing musicians. Ron Weinstock

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