August 2012 CD of the Month

Jan 23, 2014

Connie Evingson  Sweet Happy Life: The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel  Minnehaha Music

 Throughout her career spanning over 20 years now, Connie Evingson has recorded a wide array of concept albums covering many themes and musical styles. Her latest is a tribute to the gifted lyricist Norman Gimbel. Sweet Happy Life: The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel which is an ideal CD for August’s CD of the Month Club members because from its cover photo to Connie’s dress, to the inside flap, to the flowery disc and most important, the songs and music, this album exudes Summer! Lyricist Norman Gimbel is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mr. Gimbel has penned lyrics for Broadway musicals, TV series theme songs and has won awards for his contributions to films however, Norman’s special gift is writing English language lyrics to foreign language songs.  

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.