Blue in Green
Critical Acclaim for Jamie Broumas, Blue In Green: Marshall Keys and Tom Williams are listed as the only horn players on Jamie Broumas's new album, "Blue In Green". But by the end of the first cut, a bright and boppish treatment of "You Stepped Out of a Dream", it's clear Broumas has the vocal agility and harmonic finesse to join their ranks and charm ours. For Further evidence, consult "Toku Do", which finds the singer harmonizing the descending bass linbes that bassist Steve Novosel nimbly puts into motion before Broumas locks "horns" with Key's lithe and sunny sax. This is not, however, an album in which wordless flights are taken at the expense of a songwriter's intent. As graceful and alluring as her scat passages and harmonizing can be, Broumas clearly knows the value of a good lyric and is careful to make sure her technique serves them. Her bittersweet reading of the Miles Davis cut (with original lyrics by Michael Kernan and a lovely, shimmering solo by pianist Cyrus Chestnut), her reflective, sigh-ful version of "The Sad Ones" (sensitively accented by Williams's fluegelhorn) and her poignant rendition of "He Never Mentioned Love" (again elegantly punctuated by Chestnut) attest not only to Broumas's taste in balladry but her ability to interpret them soulfully. Nicely rounding out the cast is drummer Aaron Walker, though both reedman Charlie Young and pianist Reuben Brown (who don't perform on the album) also deserve plenty of credit for helping tailor the colorful arrangements. ---Mike Joyce, The Washington Post Jamie Broumas - Biography A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie Broumas has been captivating audiences throughout the United States for more than 20 years. A graduate of Vassar College and an alumna of the Berklee College of Music, she has received recognition from musicians and critics alike. A former member of the Grammy-nominated jazz vocal group, Rare Silk, she was also a founding member of the Washington, D.C.-based group, Mad Romance. As a soloist, she has worked with many noted jazz musicians, including Cyrus Chestnut, Larry Willis, Herb Ellis, Steve Rudolph, Billy Hart, Steve Williams, Tom Williams, and Charlie Young. In 1997, Ms. Broumas was a cast member and featured performer for WNET (Channel 13 New York) television's Going Places: New Orleans, hosted by Al Roker. She has also appeared at numerous festivals, including The East Coast Jazz Festival, and the Central Pennsylvania Jazz Festival.