Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli gave us a timeless chapter in jazz history that emphasized acoustic music with cultural influences from various parts of the world. To that lovely aroma Connie Evingson adds her mellifluous voice and intimate way with a melody. She interprets songs that carry a nostalgic memory, and she carves each one with a distinctive flair. Seamless phrasing, smoky resonance and a genuine caring give her presentation a natural quality.
"Gypsy in My Soul" swings lightly with a comfortable texture, as The Parisota Hot Club lends powerful support. The band complements Evingson's convincing lyric interpretation and her lively scat chorus.
Singing French and English lyrics to "Nuages," Evingson unleashes a century of passion. Sam Miltich and The Clearwater Hot Club deliver a heartfelt ambience to carry her message in no uncertain terms.
She's equally at home with Sting's "Until," a soulful waltz that resembles Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle." It's another example of the timeless nature of Evingson's album. With Pearl Django providing graceful acoustic charm and guest vibraphonist Susan Pascal weaving her melodies among the singer's pert lines, the song transforms into an exotic adventure. Guitarist Neil Anderson adds a lovely reflection of Django Reinhardt's manner, as Sting's music meets Django.
"Caravan" swings madly with a driving spirit and "Night and Day" swings with a lighter disposition, while "April in Paris" takes the listener on a vacation to France, with lyrics in French and English. Both "Nature Boy" and "The Lonely One" allow Evingson to capture every ounce of emotion that comes with the territory. She portrays a Gypsy's freedom in her interpretations, while giving her audience a highly recommended musical program. Audio examples of Evingson's performances may be found at her web site. " -AllAboutJazz
Personnel: Connie Evingson (vocals); Sam Miltich, Mark Kreitzer, Neil Andersson, Greg Ruby (guitar); Michael Gray (violin); Dan Chouinard (accordion); Tony Balluff (clarinet); Susan Pascal (vibraphone); Greg Williamson (drums).
Recording information: Creation Audio, Minneapolis, MN.
Photographer: Buck Holzemer.
Arranger: R. Henry.
A versatile singer with a warm voice and a quietly swinging style, Connie Evingson explores the usually instrumental Gypsy jazz style during this highly enjoyable project. On various selections she is joined by either Pearl Django, the Clearwater Hot Club, or the Parisota Hot Club, quartets that are sometimes augmented by accordion, vibes, drums, and/or percussion. She performs swing standards, Susannah McCorkle's lyrics to Django Reinhardt's "Nuages," and her own words to "Django's Premonition" (originally known as "Anouman"). The strong repertoire, the instrumental colors, and Evingson's voice are three reasons that Gypsy in My Soul is highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow