Yve Evans

4 Jaz C Me

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Like Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong, Yve Evans sees no reason why humor shouldn't be a prime ingredient of jazz. This isn't to say that the L.A. singer/pianist is in a class with those legends, but she does deserve a lot of credit for trying to restore some humor and fun to jazz. Evans' debut album, 4 Jaz C Me, demonstrated that for all her clowning, she has substantial chops as a vocalist and can be a very sensitive interpreter of lyrics. Good-natured clowning (and even some healthy silliness) is the rule on Waller's "Feets Too Big" and Peggy Lee's "Fever," while Evans' more vulnerable side prevails on the Natalie Cole hit "Someone That I Used to Love," and a moving version of the gospel song "His Eye Is on the Sparrow." Most of the time, Evans' piano is used primarily to accompany her vocals, but on instrumental versions of "Misty" and "My Funny Valentine," she expresses her love of Erroll Garner and reminds us how likable an instrumentalist she can be. In fact, her piano playing indicated that she shouldn't rule out the possibility of recording an all-instrumental album.

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