Amy Banks,
When the Sun Comes Out
(independent, 2006)

Amy Banks recorded some of her favourite jazz standards for her third album, When the Sun Comes Out. Accompanied by some fine musicians, she produced a competent jazz album that also includes some classic pop songs from the '70s.

The recipe is simple; piano, bass, drums, saxophone, vibraphones and Banks' wonderful voice. Combined, they make this CD a beautiful mixture of romantic songs and brilliant musicianship.

The CD starts with an interesting interpretation of "How High the Moon." For me it's the excellent instrumental part that makes this song stick out. Another famous jazz standard is "Devil May Care," also skillfully played by the musicians. I prefer these rhythmic jazz songs to the romantic ballads, such as the title track "When the Sun Comes Out," although Banks' soft and tender voice perfectly matches these serenades. A brilliant sample is "Skylark." The CD also features a composition by Banks and piano player Steve Rudolph, "Ruined for the Rest," a rhythmic and witty track; they really seemed to enjoy this.

Amy Banks has released a wonderful CD, full of music that invites you to chill out with your favourite glass in your hand. It is perfect bar music.

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review by
Adolf Goriup

17 May 2008

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