maj 17 2022
Jazz/vocal jazz – CANADA
Bill Sample & Darlene Cooper are husband-wife jazz duo, with exceptional knowledge and experience. I would add also with long time career of both persons. Bill & Darlene share the same love for vocal jazz and during the pandemic period, they have recorded and released an album with 12 tracks in, 10 standards/covers and 2 authors works.
With practically only “supported” by piano/keyboard and vocal, they showed variety of pleasant atmosphere, different mood, nostalgic traces, and romantic pleasures as well. The elegant performing style of Mr. Sample, sometimes is occasionally hidden in the background, to bring Darlene’s vocal to the first plan, but the ultimate goal was achieved in detail from beginning to end. Practically complete presented material has been performed in slower tempo, and sometimes they manage to take the potential listener back to the era between the 30’s and 50’s period of previous century. And that knows to be pretty vivid and emotive.
Today, we can not find many albums, with similar presentation and performance, but “You & I is one of the rarer sophisticated editions, which can practically never leave anyone indifferent.