I'll Reminisce You Reviews

Here is what others are saying about Glennis' latest CD:

"Ten years ago, singer Glennis Houston recorded an impressive debut CD, Lies Of Handsome Men. Although she has been performing since then, it has taken a decade before she finally released her follow-up. Fortunately I’ll Reminisce You is worth waiting for.

Joined by pianist Sheldon Zanboer, bassist Simon Fisk and drummer Robin Tufts in Calgary, Alberta, Glennis Houston performs a wide-ranging set of stimulating music. Her program is full of subtle surprises, starting with her heartfelt renditions of “Being Green” and “But Beautiful” which she takes as a slow ballad medley. Having drawn the listener in, she is spectacular on “Beloved,” Clifford Brown’s “Daahoud” given vocalese lyrics and a new title by Meredith d’Ambrosio. Ms. Houston sings flawlessly at the fast tempo, swinging hard while sounding at ease.

On “Lonely Without You” and “Lullaby For A Boy,” Glennis Houston not only engages in top-notch ballad singing but shows that she is a fine lyricist and composer too; she wrote seven of the dozen selections on this CD. The mood changes once again with her “Since You Walked Out That Door,” a philosophical blues with a bridge about the breakup of a relationship. One comes away quite confident that she will survive!

Having already performed ballads, originals, blues and bebop, on the r&bish “Mockingbird” Glennis Houston sounds soulful. The ironically titled “A Slow Blues” is a moody ballad, which is contrasted by the exuberant and boppish “Oh! Gee!” “Spare Change,” which is slightly reminiscent of “Street Life,” is a gritty and somewhat realistic look at life’s struggles. The sophisticated love song “Tears Of Stone,” an uptempo version of “Love” (Nat King Cole’s final hit) and the ballad “I’ll Reminisce You” conclude this memorable effort.

Hopefully one will not have to wait too many years for Glennis Houston’s third recording. In the meantime, I’ll Reminisce You is well worth acquiring and savoring."

Scott Yanow
author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers, The Great Jazz Guitarists, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76


Glennis Houston: I'll Reminisce You

February 10, 2014

Calgary vocalist Glennis Houston follows up her debut album Lies of Handsome Men (2004, Self-Produced) with a warm session of light contemporary vocal jazz on I'll Reminisce You. Unlike the first disc—comprised entirely of standards—Houston designs a repertoire of primarily originals with the incorporation of a handful of cover songs touching on bebop, blues and ballads. This second effort actually began in early 2006 but, life got in the way with family, work, education, pursuing a PhD and other such mundane matters preventing her from fulfilling the goal until now. 

The singer fronts a standard piano trio with Calgary musicians Sheldon Zanboer on piano, Robin Tufts on drums and Simon Fisk on the violin-shaped bass bassetto, recording the album in both a studio as well as in a live setting. Armed with silky vocals, Houston begins this adventure with a ballad medley of a Joe Raposo song and a Burke/Van Heusen standard "Being Green, But Beautiful" where the vocalist delivers a measure of emotion along the way. Clifford Brown's up beat classic "Beloved" is in good hands with Houston voicing Meredith d'Ambrosio's lyrics in swinging fashion, something this artist does throughout the album. 

The first of seven original songs on the disc is the lovely "Lonely without You," followed by "Lullaby for a Boy" and "Since You Walked Out That Door," the first another soft ballad and the latter a bluesy number where the singer reaches. One of the livelier songs on the album, "Oh! Gee!," featuring a swinging Houston and handy solo work from Zanboer and Fisk, is clearly a standout tune but, there's more. The singer's interpretation of the standard "L.O.V.E." and the trio's energetic performance, make this track one of the highlights of the recording. 

Other moments of notable mention have to be the cover song "Mockingbird" and Houston's own "Tears of Stone" with the love ballad and title finale song voiced from the heart does indeed leave a lasting impression. Though a long time in the works, songbird Glennis Houston's tasteful performance of traditional vocal jazz on I'll Reminisce You, is well worth the wait. Perhaps her next endeavor may not be as long in coming.

Track Listing: Being Green, But Beautiful; Beloved; Lonely Without You; Lullaby For A Boy; Since You Walked Out That Door; Mockingbird; A Slow Blues; Oh! Gee!; Spare Change; Tears of Stone; L.O.V.E.; I'll Reminisce You.

Personnel: Glennis Houston: vocals; Sheldon Zanboer: piano; Simon Fisk: bassetto; Robin Tufts: drums.

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Vocal

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