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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - John McBeath

Comes a Time Sharny Russell Trea­sure House Mu­sic Syd­ney vo­cal­ist Sharny Russell’s new al­bum, a fol­low-up to her 2003 record­ing A Good Thing on Hold, fea­tures nine of her orig­i­nals and she ac­com­pa­nies her­self on pi­ano on 10 of the 13 tracks. The opener, Set Your­self Free, is her own bop-style com­po­si­tion and fea­tures a lively pi­ano solo by Bill Risby, while the stan­dard I’m Be­gin­ning to See the Light is taken at a slower and dif­fer­ent style of tempo to most recorded ver­sions, and adds a melodic alto se­quence from Paul Cut­lan. Risby also plays a rol­lick­ing ar­range­ment on an­other orig­i­nal, Never Goes Out of Style, and a lit­tle ru­bato is added with I’ve Grown Ac­cus­tomed to His Face, adding Russell’s high reg­is­ter duet with David Nut­tall’s oboe. An­other orig­i­nal, Top of the World, is a jaunty out­ing co-writ­ten by Mel­bourne com­poser Jared Haschek fea­tur­ing Cut­lan’s swing­ing clar­inet, Russell’s scat chorus and fol­lowed by her pi­ano. Pi­ano is also to the fore in the stan­dard bal­lad Wild is the Wind, and Cut­lan con­trib­utes an ap­pro­pri­ately lan­guid pas­sage on tenor sax. The vo­cal­ist’s Call­ing Out My Name has some im­pres­sive gui­tar work by Jeremy Sawkins, both solo and in estab­lish­ing the in­fec­tious Latin rhythm un­der­pin­ning a cap­pella scat and group back­ing vo­cals. The closer, Stella a Cap­pella by Vic­tor Young, is an un­ac­com­pa­nied, lightly skip­ping scat vo­cal that climbs ever higher to its con­clu­sion. This is a sat­is­fy­ing vo­cal al­bum, not a world-breaker, but with some en­ter­pris­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tions of sev­eral stan­dards plus most of the vo­cal­ist’s orig­i­nals all well-ar­ranged and with nu­mer­ous in­ven­tive so­los.

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