Polly Gibbons — All I Can Do
(Resonance Records , 2019, CD / DL)
by Jon Davis, Published 2019-12-07
Polly Gibbons is a jazz singer from, of all places, a small town in Suffolk, England, the daughter of a farmer. None of which you would guess from listening to her. This is straight-up classic old-school singing in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and so on. She’s backed by a band that makes some concessions to modernization, with piano (Tamir Hendelman or James Pearson), organ (Shedrick Mitchell), guitar (Paul Bollenback), bass (Richie Goods), and drums (Marc McLean). All I Can Do is a live recording featuring 12 tracks, with covers of songs by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Al Jarreau, Prince, and others, including staples like “Some of My Best Friends Are the Blues” (made famous by Della Reese) and “Everything Must Change” (Nina Simone, Barbra Steisand, Randy Crawford, Peggy Lee, and many more), plus originals like the title track, which are in a similar idiom. Gibbons is a fine singer and interpreter, and if she doesn’t break any new ground, she can be commended for doing the traditional things really well.
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