Jazz vocalist Beth Duncan said her fine new album, “Comes The Fall,” really came together for her when she found a trio of original songs by composer Martine Tabilio.
The songs, including the title track and Tabilio’s “Wish I May,” combine with Duncan’s love of classics such as Tadd Dameron’s “If You Could See Me Now” and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Quiet Nights” for a rich, satisfying album of fluid, cliché-free jazz vocals with top-flight supporting players.
Duncan will present tunes from the record Sunday with her quintet. The 14-song album is produced by drummer Guy Kowarsh, and playing behind Duncan are bassist Bill Douglass, saxophonist Mike McMullen and guitarist Steve Homan, who helped with the arrangements.
There is a particularly strong percussion section with Babatunde Lea and Brian Kendrick, and pianist Jim Martinez adds keyboard string parts.
Duncan puts an original stamp on classics from the American songbook, including a couple of Johnny Mercer tunes. “Moon River,” co-written with Henry Mancini, has more of an edge than you think it might, while “I Thought About You,” composed with Jimmy van Heusen, re-imagines the song’s essential wistful melancholy. Tracks from the album have been played on more than 110 stations nationally, along with stations in Canada, Kobe, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands.
Along with Douglass, Homan and McMullen from the recording sessions, the live band has Joe Gilman on piano and Jeff Minnieweather on drums. For more information on “Comes The Fall,” go to www.bethduncan.com.
Ovation Stage producer and founding artistic director Penny Kline seems to have limitless energy as her company continues its 2013 season with Sam Shepard’s 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Buried Child.”
A three-act mix of realism, surrealism, satire and dark ritualistic heavy symbolism, the play cemented Shepard’s reputation in the mainstream after a long apprenticeship in the raw, wild New York downtown theater scene of the 1970s.
With Marcus Daniel as Dodge, the failed patriarch, Karen Kearney as his wife, Halie, and Steve Buri, John Hopkins and Doug Pieper as their ineffectual sons. Violinist Patrick Claypool provides live music.
New dance work
Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre opens its 29th season premiering “The Illusion of Control.” Trokanski calls it “a look at how we as individuals and a culture seek to maintain a sense of personal power over our destinies.”
The piece uses 19 dancers from the troupe, the apprentice company and The Third Stage, a contemporary multigenerational dance company. That allows choreographer Trokanski a wide range of dancers and human experience. Choreographed to music including works by Ingrid Michaelson, Tears for Fears, Cheryl Wheeler and Patty Larkin.