Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pre-Release CD Review: Rebecca MuMaine & The Dave Miller Trio "Better Than Anything"


I just finished listening to a new CD, "Better Than Anything" by Vocalist Rebecca DuMaine and the Dave Miller Trio and it's terrific. It's a swinging album that spotlights Rebecca's rich voice and her great sense of timing. The arrangements written by Rebecca and her father, Dave Miller, are fresh, new and outstanding. Lovers of music from the "Great American Songbook" will love this CD. Rebecca covers 15 standards putting her own delightful spin on each one. 
Rebecca DuMaine's music is grounded by her early musical influences which included Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn and Peggy Lee. All these singers had one great talent in common, the ability to sing the lyric and give life to the emotion of the words. Rebecca has this talent too! 

What makes this CD even more special is the wonderful interaction between Rebecca and her Dad, Dave Miller. The timing on these songs are perfect as a result of the solid understanding between vocalist daughter and pianist father. You can feel the warmth and closest of Rebecca and her father throughout the album.

Dave Miller has been playing in the San Francisco Bay area for many years and is highly respected. Any vocalist would kill to have him as their pianist. How great that he has a daughter with such a great singing voice enabling them to record together.  Mario Suraci is on Bass and his long musical resume is outstanding.  He has toured and recorded with many renowned performers, including Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Joe Pass, Mel Torme Bernadette Peters and Elvis Presley. Bill Belasco is on Drums and is Dave Miller's longtime collaborator.  This trio is terrific in its own right, and I could listen to them play all night.  The addition of Rebecca's wonderful rich voice puts the group over the top! 

This wonderful CD was produced by Rebecca DuMaine and Dave Miller for Summit Records. It will be released on February 11, 2014 and would make a perfect Valentine Day gift for any Jazz loving special person.

Track Listing:
1. Better Than Anything                             2. You For Me
3. Sometime Ago                                          4. Oh Look At Me Now
5. No More Blues                                         6. What Is There To Say
7. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'                             8. Telephone Song
9. I Just Found Out About Love                10. It Might As Well Be Spring
11. Cheek To Check                                     12. It's Love
13. Dreamer                                                  14. Lucky To Be Me
15. That's All

I have attached a YouTube video of Rebecca and the Dave Miller Trio singing "It Might As Well Be Spring". Enjoy!


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