A Woman Alone With The Blues... Remembering Peggy Lee
Telarc (2003) 83568
12 tracks, 52 minutes.
by Craig Ruskey
Review date: May 2003
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award"|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by The Blues Foundation
Maria Muldaur's latest is exactly what the title suggests as it recalls the stunning work of, and is a
tribute to, Peggy Lee, so forget all about the comparisons to Midnight At The Oasis. John
Davenport's Fever leads off the set and is far more sultry than perhaps any version done
previously, and the relaxed, infectious swing of I Don't Know Enough About You is irresistible
with Jim Rothernet offering a fine alto sax. Burton Lane's Moments Like This and Ted Shapiro's
Winter Weather are both superb and delivered with passion, showing what an incredible voice
Muldaur has in her possession, and Leiber and Stoller's Some Cats Know is pure feeling
throughout its eight-and-a-half minutes. As good as the beginning of the disc is, its middle section with
Everything's Moving Too Fast, Waitin' For The Train To Come and Irving Berlin's The
Freedom Train are a few steps above and delivered with perfection. The title track and Black
Coffee again leave no question as to what sort of art this woman can sculpt with her voice. For
Every Man There's A Woman might remind some of Bessie Smith, which isn't anything to snuff
about, and the set closes with I'm Gonna Go Fishin' from Duke Ellington's pen. It's wonderful to
have Maria Muldaur adding to her lengthy catalog, and A Woman Alone With The
Blues... could mark her finest work yet. Exceptional support from David Torkanowsky's piano
and Danny Carron on guitar.
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