Lin McPhillips: My Shining Hour (2010)
A very personal recording, My Shining Hour is constructed around songs McPhillips associates with and dedicates to those who are important to her. McPhillips honors her father with an Duke Ellingtonmedley of "I Don't Miss You/Solitude" followed by a second Ellington set "Azure/Azur-et." These couplings boast a genius that can only be credited to the inspiration of love. The set employs the best wares of pianist Denny Berthiaume, clarinetist Kristen Strom, and the nylon-stringed guitars of Eddie Duran and Scott Sorkin.
McPhillips has bebop stripes also. Charlie Parker's "Au Privave" provides McPhillips a vehicle in which she can test her scatting skills embellished tastefully with some Lil' Wayne electronics. McPhillips uses a chorus effect to broaden and deepen her presence. She wisely does not overuse the effects. It makes for an exciting change of pace from the routine jazz vocals outing. Following the heat of "Au Privave" is a sassy-languid "You're Blase," driven by Sorkin's electric guitar and Mad Duran's questioning flute.
True musical treasures are only found through judicious and patient listening. The technological expansion of the last 20 years has made it possible for artists of the exceptional ilk of McPhillips to find a reasonable outlet for their talents. The title song has no dedication, therefore it is dedicated to McPhillips herself and has been a long time coming.
Track Listing: The Wind; Devil May Care; When April Comes Again; I'm Old Fashioned; I don't miss you/Solitude; Azure/Azurete; Au Privave; You're Blasé; Haunted Heart; So Danco Samba; My Shining Hour.
Personnel: Lin McPhillips: vocals; Denny Berthiaume: keyboards; Eddie Duran and Scott Sorkin: guitar; Kristen Strom, Mad Duran: reeds, flute; Rick Girard: bass; Michaelle Goerlitz: percussion; Akira Tara: drums; John Worley: trumpet, flugelhorn.
Record Label: Self Produced