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Label: Self Produced
Me, Myself and I, The Girl From Ipanema, Getting Some Fun Out Of Life, Whatever Lola Wants, Comes Love, Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby, Walkin' After Midnight, Back to Black, Route 66
The Las Vegas Jazz Trio (Dan Ellis-piano, Justin Vogel-bass, Andrea D'Angelo-drums)
Kai Brant and the Las Vegas Jazz Trio has been a fixture in the Las Vegas area since 2012. Ms. Brant has a quietly appealing voice, a subtle style, and generates a great deal of inner heat in her singing. While she pays respect to each song’s lyrics and melody, her swinging phrasing gives a spontaneous feel to the music and marks her as a jazz singer. Getting Some Fun Out Of Life is the recording debut for Ms. Brant with her Las Vegas Trio. The singer is joined by pianist Dan Ellis (who contributes many concise solos) and the solidly supportive team of bassist Justin Vogel and drummer Andrea D’Angelo. They perform nine songs that are among their most popular with audiences. Some tunes are better known standards than others but all fit the unit’s style. This enjoyable set begins with a light-hearted version of “Me, Myself And I,” one of three songs on the program that is identified with Billie Holiday. Taken slightly slower than expected, “Me Myself And I” finds Kai Brant displaying phrasing similar to Lady Day’s. “The Girl From Ipanema” is a tune that fits Ms. Brant’s soft voice quite well. She is clearly inspired by Ellis’ stride piano on “Getting Some Fun Out Of Life” and excels on the always-seductive song “Whatever Lola Wants” which is given a tango feel. After a swinging rendition of “Comes Love” (which Holiday immortalized in the 1950s), the group performs an assertive version of the Louis Jordan hit “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby.” On “Walkin’ After Midnight,” which is inspired by Patsy Cline’s recording, bassist Vogel gives listeners the image of someone walking and Ellis takes his most rewarding piano solo of the set. A passionate version of “Back To Black” (made famous by Amy Winehouse) is an effective change of pace for Kai Brant before the joyful closer, “Route 66.” -Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers
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