You Don't Know Me
...Faith Gibson loves the songs she sings more than she loves the sound of her own voice. This woman can belt with the best of 'em and has plenty of vocal dexterity, but it's her subtlety, restraint, and quiet humor, along with a flawless instinct for what's needed where and when, that make standards like Fats Waller's 'Honeysuckle Rose' and Dave Guard's 'Scotch & Soda' feel fresh and surprising. The latter tune is even more surprising, thanks to J. P. Weber's Delta blues guitar intro and interludes, which segue smoothly into rich jazz chords to accompany the vocal. Faith's takes on two of the jazziest pop/rock tunes ever written, Van Morrison's 'Moondance' and Randy Bachman's 'Undun' (recorded long before Kurt Elling thought to do it) are, at first, both looser and less urgent than the originals. The intensity builds, not with instrumental insistence or vocal acrobatics, but through Faiths simple, clear telling of, and growing involvement in, the story of each song. You Don't Know Me is an exquisite recording. It opened my eyes and ears to Faith's unique and wonderful talents, and it continues to deliver pleasure and surprises after countless spins... Christopher Morse, songwriter.