Gillian Palette

This Love of Mine

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This is a vanity release that one imagines singer Gillian Palette and her father, tenor saxophonist Frank Palette, put out for their fans in New York. Unfortunately, there are many things wrong with this CD. The backup group, "the Jazz Squad," has keyboards that are so bland, unimaginative, and dominant that they sound as if they are played by a machine rather than a human. The guitar, bass, and drums are each quite lifeless, while the arrangements and moderately funky rhythms are monotonous. Frank Palette's tenor playing is sincere, but he slips in and out of tune in random spots. As for Gillian Palette, she has not lived the words she sings (has she thought about the message behind the lyrics?) and her voice, while pleasant, adds nothing to the legacy of these famous songs. She also has difficulty with some of the melodies. A tedious "I Remember You" might be the low point, but it has competition. Everyone involved is capable of doing better.

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