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by Ann Alex
CD Review: Linda Purl – Taking a Chance on Love
Linda Purl (vocals); David Finck (bass); Tedd Firth (Piano); Ray Marchica (drums); Nelson Rangell (reeds)
Yet another superb woman singer who is also an experienced actor, which shows in her skilled interpretation of lyrics, and not a note of scat in sight, (or rather hearing). Ms Purl has performed at Lincoln Center Jazz, Birdland as well as other USA venues and also in Naples, Paris, Tokyo and London (Crazy Coqs). She has sung with many jazz orchestras including Glenn Miller’s. As an actor she has been in 45 USA television films and has performed in theatre in the USA, Monaco and Tokyo.
This is Ms Purl’s fifth album which is based on great American song book material and is very much led by voice and piano, with just one or two solos from the other instrumentalists, notably a fitting flute interlude on Wave which continues to fade-out; a neat drum and bass solo on the title track; and then a run for the tenor sax on Darn That Dream. It’s the sort of CD for late-night romancing or even quiet listening during Lockdowns. We know about those.
A fair mixture of slow ballads, swing, a bossa such as Wave and the final track, a lullaby which could be sung to a child. The piano deserves special mention as it complements the singer well and solos ripplingly and skilfully. As for lyrics, I noticed plenty of internal rhymes on You Fascinate Me; Try Your Wings is all about following your dreams and Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel) is rather touching.
Tracks: Pure Imagination; I Have Dreamed: Lucky Day; And We Will Fly/ Come Fly With Me; Taking a Chance on Love; Too Late Now; Throw It Away; Wave; Darn That Dream; You Fascinate Me; Try Your Wings; Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)
The album is scheduled to be released on May 29 on the Reaching Records label. The proceeds from the first month’s sales will go to the MusiCares Covid-19 Fund and the second months proceeds will go to ActorsFund.org when you buy direct from the website www.lindapurl.com