|Douye - Daddy Said So|
by Willard Manus
R & B singer Douye fulfills a promise to her late father to become a jazz artist on her new album, DOUYE, which was recently released by Rhombus Records.
The Nigerian-born Douye puts her inimitable vocal style on twelve famous jazz songs by Ellington, Gershwin, Strayhorn, Hammerstein and others, delivering them with scrupulous attention to lyrics and an emotional intensity that is quite remarkable. The emphasis is on ballads, though there are three uptempo tunes that fly high and fast (All the Things You Are, Autumn Leaves and Summertime).
backed up by several different teams of musicians, all of them first-rate.
On Round Midnight, for example, she fronts a quartet comprised
of Roy McCurdy (drums), John Clayton (bass), Bob Sheppard (horns) and
John Beasely (piano). Beasely also produced and arranged the tune. On
Autumn Leaves an 18-piece studio band led by Angelo Metz does
the honors. Metz not only conducted but did the arrangements and played
guitar as well.