Debbie Fleming..Steppin’ Out..Riverdale Records..2004
CD Reviews / CD Reviews
Date: Apr 06, 2005 – 08:23 AM
By John Gilbert
First and foremost, let it be known that Debbie Fleming is a first rate composer and lyricist. Every tune on this album goes right to the heart of hip. There is a message in every tune and it comes from the soul. The ballads exemplify Fleming’s ability to coax romanticism out of a song without waxing any saccharine sentimentality.
“Let’s Jive” is a masterpiece of solid jazz writing and combined with Fleming’s cool vocal, it is both bouncy and true to the genre. Her phrasing is impeccable and the timing is true. A clean tone and clear enunciation are the ingredients that make it all come together. John MacMurchie’s saxophone solo is free of mindless notes, He gets after this number with an artistic zeal bred of professionalism and talent.
“Corner Of my Mind” is a thoughtful reminder of lifes travails superbly
written and sung beautifully.
“Crazy In Love” features a great melody with ultra hip words..MacMurchie is in his groove and his solo is a joy to listen to. I would like to hear more of this fine artist. Fleming again brings this tune to life with her interpretive powers.
I highly recommend this recording, it is not only tasty and cool, it has
more hits than a relevant google search.
This album can be purchased at CD Baby or by visiting the artist’s website at http://www.debbiefleming.ca 5 STARS
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