Title - 'Pure Imagination'
Artist - Amber Weekes
For those not in the know, Amber Weekes is a Los Angeles native with Caribbean and Latin roots and who has an on-going love affair with "Torch Songs" and the like.
The daughter of avid music lovers, Amber had her first chance to sing before a live audience at age fourteen. That was it! Performing was in her blood!
Amber is now a seasoned performer and a well-trained vocalist who has studied with Catherine Hansen, song writer and vocalist Sue Fink (perhaps, best known as the director of the "Angel City Chorale,") and has spent the last several years under the tutelage of three-time Grammy nominee, Sue Raney.
Having released her first full-length CD, ‘round Midnight, which was produced by Louis Taylor and Trevor Ware, Amber has now brought out a stunning new album, entitled Pure Imagination.
And yes, being that Amber is a straight ahead Jazz vocalist with a passion for the Great American Songbook, inclusive of the music of Oscar Brown Jr., this quite breathtaking new album is definitely one for the ages.
1. 'Pure Imagination' (feat. Sue Raney)
2. 'It's All Right With Me'
3. 'When He Makes Music'
4. 'The Snake'
5. 'Gotta Be This Or That'
6. 'Brown Baby'
7. 'After You've Gone'
8. 'When October Goes'
9. 'Mr. Kicks'
10. 'The Way He Makes Me Feel' (feat. Mon David)
11. 'Just Squeeze Me'
12. 'Gone At Last'
13. 'When October Goes (Ballad)' [Bonus Track]
The lush title track, 'Pure Imagination' (featuring renowned American jazz singer Sue Raney) kicks things off in fine style, with the toe-tappin' beauty 'It's All Right With Me,' and then the laid back roll of 'When He Makes Music' backing it seamlessly.
The late night, smoky jazz club, finger-snappin' vibe of 'The Snake' is next and is followed by the upbeat 'Gotta Be This Or That,' and then the sterner, deeper renderings of 'Brown Baby.'
One of my favorite tracks here is the delightfully swinging 'After You've Gone,' which is backed by the free-flowing ambiance of 'When October Goes' and the dancehall hipsway of 'Mr. Kicks.'
The sweeping majesty of 'The Way He Makes Me Feel' (featuring the award-winning Filipino-American jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, musician, poet and more, Mon David) is another highlight, and is followed by the jazz blues of 'Just Squeeze Me.'
The gospel-tinged 'Gone At Last' is a most joyous upbeat celebration to behold and then the album rounds out with the Bonus Track, a ballad version of 'When October Goes.'
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