Ed Lambert

Lambert and Gaylor

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Although Ed Lambert gets top billing, it's Carol Gaylor who clearly is the heroine of the duo's maiden album. She mixes tunes from the Great American Songbook with those from English rock, soft rock, country, adult contemporary, and Caribbean genres -- and passes muster on them all. "I Fall to Pieces" is a country classic and a favorite by country music icon Patsy Cline. While Gaylor's rendition won't make one forget Cline's, it is still one to be reckoned with. In Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" one hears why Simon remains a bright star in the popular song galaxy. Gaylor and her sister, Jean Lambert (she married Ed), get together on "The Way You Look Tonight," accompanied by some nice Matt Rogers sax. "Cheek to Cheek" shows off Gaylor's restrained scatting skills. She does not let wordless vocalizing detract from the song's lyrics. The late Eva Cassidy's version of this tune was a major factor in getting Gaylor interested in singing standards. Lambert and Gaylor get together in a funky run through the Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller/Doc Pomus song "Young Blood." This one, replete with twanging guitar, is a lot of fun. Gaylor has solid musical genes. Her father headed one of Washington, D.C.'s most respected musical institutions, the Air Force Band with its Singing Sergeants and outstanding soloists who made the band's concerts so popular. The genetic talent was distributed among the siblings -- Craig Gaylor is on harmonica and, as already noted, sister Jean Lambert is the backup vocalist. Joined by an agreeable set of local musicians, this initial outing is a fine 40-plus minutes of musical entertainment from this Washington, D.C. duo. Recommended.

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