Title - 'Someday, Someday'
Artist - Rebecca DuMaine & the Dave Miller Trio
For those not in the know, with the release of Chez Nous in 2019, the future certainly looked bright for singer Rebecca DuMaine and her father pianist Dave Miller.
But then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and, as for virtually everyone, their plans and dreams got put on hold. 2020 has certainly been a dark year, says Rebecca. "I found myself gravitating more towards singing melancholy songs and I also started writing.",p>
"We decided to do an album that deviated a little from our typical sunny upbeat and hopeful mood and looked into songs that were a little bit darker, but still ultimately hopeful. It was a cathartic experience for us."
Dave Miller grew up on Long Island, New York and started playing piano when he was just three. Although classically trained, seeing Ahmad Jamal in concert and loving the music of George Shearing resulted in him switching to jazz as a teenager.
His group is heard at its best on 2009's Rapture and their 2019 tribute to George Shearing Just Imagine plus their recordings with his daughter.
Rebecca DuMaine was raised in the San Francisco Bay area and had a successful career as an actress who appeared on stage, in commercials and voice-overs, and is additionally a professor of voice and speech.
She always loved to sing but found that she preferred singing jazz over musical theater and since moving back to Northern California from New York in 2010, Rebecca has sung regularly with her father's trio. Indeed, they have recorded five CDs for Summit prior to 2020.
1. 'Just Friends'
2. 'Alone Again'
3. 'Samba De Mon Coeur'
4. 'The Gentleman Is A Dope'
5. 'Someday, Someday'
6. 'Both Sides Now'
7. 'Time To Get Unstuck'
8. 'As Long As I Live'
9. 'On A Clear Day'
10. 'I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan'
11. 'Cry Me A River'
12. 'La Vie En Rose / Au Privave'
13. 'Wrap Your Thoughts In Dreams'
On their brand new album, Someday, Someday (released on March 12th, 2021), they open with the joyful 'Just Friends' and the lush ambiance of 'Alone Again,' before bringing us the French-imbued ambiance of 'Samba De Mon Coeur,' the forthright, finger-snappin' 'The Gentleman Is A Dope,' and both the fervent nature of the title track 'Someday, Someday' and then the balladeering of DuMaine comes to the fore on the truly beautiful 'Both Sides Now.'
On what is a subtle, yet noticeably different approach to their usual recordings together, Miller's swinging solos and tasteful accompaniment of his daughter continue onward with the perky 'Time To Get Unstuck' which is itself backed by the Eartha Kitt-esque 'As Long As I Live,' the free flowing 'On A Clear Day' and then we get one of my own personal favorites, the gossamer storytelling of 'I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan.'
The album then rounds out with the feisty 'Cry Me A River,' a quite magnificent, and wholly buoyant, and once more French-imbued 'La Vie En Rose / Au Privave,' closing on the floatingly exuberant Summer's day vibe of 'Wrap Your Thoughts In Dreams' and the quite wondrously shiny disposition of 'Sunny.'
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