Marcelle Gauvin

The Edge of the Pond

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Vocalist Marcelle Gauvin is backed by a strong group of players on her second release, The Edge of the Pond. Pianist John Harrison, bassist Brian Torff, and drummer Alan Hall comprise the core band, with superb tenor saxophonist Dino Govoni providing concise, riveting solos on half of the 12 cuts. Gauvin's voice is seasoned and pretty, equally adept with ballads ("Saturday," "Dedicated to You"), mid-tempo bop classics ("Monk's Dream," "Doodlin'"), and bright swing ("By Myself," "I Believe In You"). She sounds particularly joyful on the Brazilian repertoire -- back-to-back readings of Djavan's "Limão" (sung in Portuguese) and Jobim's majestic "Double Rainbow." There are other alluring twists, like Gauvin's French/English delivery of the beautiful, little-known "L'Etang," her spirited duet with Brian Torff on the Beatles tune "Fixing a Hole," and her ballad rendition of "You Stepped Out of a Dream" (arrangement courtesy of pianist Matt Richard).

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