Loretta Cormier

Under a Blanket of Blue

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In the tradition of Doris Day, Jo Stafford, Dinah Shore, Peggy Lee, and those other fine singers from the distaff side who have graced the pages of the history of jazz/popular song with their sparkling treatments of entries from the Great American Songbook, comes Loretta Cormier with her sincere treatment of some of the finest from the pages of the Songbook. Cormier works with a piano trio as she delivers in a highly personal manner a play list of mostly romantic ballads. There are a couple of tunes where the reaction is likely to be, "I haven't heard that one in a long time." One of these is "I Wish I Knew," a big hit for Dick Haymes from the 1945 movie Diamond Horseshoe, and another is "That Certain Feeling," a 1925 ditty by the Gershwin brothers. Contemporary ballad writer Ed Greenebaum finds a couple of his tunes on the play list, both respectable products from the composing pen. "I Should Care" is delivered medium-tempo with some scintillating piano from Andrew Langham. An album highlight is an a cappella rendering of "Too Late Now." All of these and more are insightfully conveyed by Cormier with a set of vocal pipes that produce good diction and a fine sense for the melody and lyrics. There is nothing earth-shattering about this CD, just 54 minutes of pleasant listening to a good vocalist producing a set of familiar material. Recommended.

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