August 2012 CD of the Month
Connie Evingson Sweet Happy Life: The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel Minnehaha Music
Connie Evingson has established a strong following, in part due to her extensive discography and always captivating live performances. Connie is also a shrewd business woman managing her own career and recording label, Minnehaha Music. Unlike most first-rate jazz musicians, she prefers to keep her residence in her home state of Minnesota instead of relocating to New York or Los Angeles, yet it has not curtailed her touring to international destinations. Sweet Happy Life: The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel is a delightful recording featuring 16 tracks covering various rhythms and singing styles. The songs selected by Ms Evingson represent the spectrum of Gimbel’s lyrical talent, jazz standards, Brazilian tunes and pop songs, sung with varying group formats that showcases many skillful instrumentalists led mostly by pianist Laura Caviani, a fellow Minnesotan and leader in her own right. Sweet Happy Life will enrich your sweet happy summer well into Autumn and beyond.