Half Notes: Chloe Brisson – Blame It On My Youth (2012)

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When this New Hampshire vocalist first arrived with the debut project Red Door Sessions, she was all of 13-years-old. Inevitably, the attention surrounding Brisson was as much (maybe more) about her age as her, well, her voice. Chloe Brisson returns, four years later, with an album that makes the case for a career beyond that of youthful curiosity. In the intervening time, Brisson has grown more confident in her approach, and her voice has taken on interesting new depths and shadings. Joined on this forthcoming album – due Tuesday, February 21 – by an ace group of sidemen including tenor saxist/arranger Fred Haas, pianist Bill Mays, trombonist Ben Williams and drummer Matt Wilson, among others, Brisson sticks with the tried-and-true – but mixes up the genres and themes enough to keep Blame It On My Youth from becoming samey. So, sure, there’s a take on Gershwin’s “Someone To Watch Over Me,” but it’s presented in a revealing duet with Mays. Other key cuts include a jump blues-inspired version of “Send For Me” and a grooving second-line take on “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” – with a smart assist from Sheila Jordan.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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