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Bonnie J Jensen - Shimmer


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“S H I M M E R is the most personal and intimate of Bonnie's 4 releases to date.  Her trademarks are all there, the smoky timbre of her voice, the pitch perfect accuracy, the lovely way she controls her lower register.  And as with her other albums, her songs are blessed with superb backups, in this case Matt McMahon, James Muller and Graham Jesse whose solos in particular, perfectly complement the melodies.”

 

High points include the searing Muller solo on Mose Alison's "Everybody's Crying Mercy”, the rich lyrical imagery and a luscious chord change in the standout track, Bonnie's own  “Without A Word”, and the deceptive simplicity of Rodgers' “My Romance”, which in fact was one of his own favourites and shows off some lovely restrained playing by a mature James Morrison.

 

The variety in this CD is another strength, calling upon the tunes of Stevie Wonder and Sting to complement a couple of deliciously seductive bossas.  Throughout it has the contemporary feel that was just hinted at in her excellent earlier CDs.  This is a logical next step for an artist who clearly has a vision for her craft and knows where she is going.  It'll be fun to tag along for the ride.

 

Steve Robertson

On air - PBS Radio, Melbourne, April 11, 2010

 

for more about Bonnie:

 

http://www.myspace.com/bonniejjensen

http://bonniejjensen.com

 

 

 

Personnel:

 

Graham Jesse – Flute, Alto Flute, Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax

James Muller – Guitars

Matt McMahon – Piano, Fender Rhodes

Nicolas McBride – Drums

Phil Stack – Double Bass

 

Fabian Hevia – Percussion

Special Guest: James Morrison – Flugelhorn

 

 

Belinda Jezek – Violin

Nicole Masters - Violin

Jacqueline Cronin – viola

Tim Nankervis – Cello

 

 

Track Listing:

 

1          Spend a Little Time with Me

2          Here Comes the Rain again

3            Bluesette

4          Without a Word

5            Sweetest Somebody I know

6          Higher Ground

7            Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy

8          If you Love Somebody

9          Come Take my Hand

10        My Romance

11        Stolen Moments

12        First Love’s Call

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