In The Light
Sun, Moon & Stars Entertainment
12 tracks/48 minutes
Susan Wylde has attracted much attention in Canada where she is a classically-trained conservatory graduate. This work is a pleasant mix of original songs and covers. When thinking of ways to describe this CD words like “smooth”, “mellow”,”laid back” came to mind. Yes, there is a definite jazz atmosphere produced but still some very good blues. Susan’s song writing and piano are top-notch. Her supporting cast of remarkable musicians make each song a joy to listen to: Dave Morrow,Denis Keldie, Martin Aucoin- keyboards, Jack deKeyzer, Pete Schmidt- guitar, Alec Fraser- bass, Rick Donaldson- drums, percussion, Colleen Allen, Turner King- tenor sax, Dave Dunlop- trumpet, coronet, Jerome Godboo, Paul Reddick- harmonica, and Jasmine Bailey- backing vocals. These all are mentioned because the “band” was flawless and are a large contribution to the CD.
Tracks that stand out :
One Real Man original shuffle
Love Me All Night Long original
Three Hours Past Midnight Johnny”Guitar” Watson cover
In The Light original
Georgia On My Mind Hoagy Carmichael cover
The last two songs are covers of The Thrill Is Gone and At Last. These songs done in Susan’s laid-back style left me thinking that the thrill was indeed gone. There was nothing bad in the songs, but if you are going to cover a classic song give it your own twist or angle. She did not convince me with these selections. The CD would have been improved by dropping them.
At the end of the day this is an easy listening blues CD that I really did enjoy. Drop it in your player, pour a glass of wine and relax.
Reviewed by Bob Haendler