A Good Day
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Audio CD, May 20, 2003
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On the heels of her superb Depression-themed Pentimento comes Jessica Molaskey's A Good Day, and it's a fairly different though also superb effort. This time Molaskey pays tribute to songstress Peggy Lee and the cool jazz she wrote and recorded with her husband, guitarist Dave Balfour in the '50s, including the sunny title tune. Molaskey also mixes in originals she wrote with her own husband-guitarist, John Pizzarelli, that stand so comfortably alongside the "period" songs that you probably won't even notice unless you read the credits. (OK, "The Girl with His Smile and My Eyes" stands out a bit, but it's so beautifully performed by Molaskey and pianist Ray Kennedy that we won't complain.) Again deserving of praise is the band, with John Pizzarelli joined by father Bucky, bassist brother Martin, and clarinetists Ken Peplowski and Andy Fusco, among others. A Good Day may be just a hair less charming than Pentimento, but that's no reason to miss it. --David Horiuchi
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introduced to Ms. Molaskey on XM Radio's "American Standards." I figured
she was an unappreciated singer from the past, only to be pleasantly
corrected while searching for her on Amazon. I bought "A Good Day," and
will certainly buy the rest. My musical preferences are female vocalists
with a crystal clarity of voice, and a lilting, wistful style with a hint
of longing and sadness. You, too? Well, we've hit the jackpot here! She
approaches the perfection of Lani Hall, probably the most under- appreciated voice of all time. Hopefully, Jessica will are better in the
theater of recognition.
Standouts include "It's A Good Day," "How Come You Ain't Got Me," "Everything Is Moving Too Fast," "Love The Way You're Breaking My Heart," and "The Girl With His Smile and My Eyes." Ms. Molaskey continues to prove to be a huge talent, and this record does nothing but confirm that fact.
Peggy Lee was NOT married to Dave "Balfour," but to that
wonderful ex-Four Freshmen baritone, DAVE BARBOUR!
I give this album 5 stars on the strength of other outings
of Ms. Molaskey that I've had the pleasure of hearing.
(Mr. Horiuchi, however gets the minimal 1 star
for obvious reasons.)