Any Jazz musician who wants to learn how to accompany a vocalist, not getting in the way but still keep it interesting should listen to Teri Roiger and John Menegon Misterioso.
The richness and musicality achieved on this album is what you get when masters musicians joined forces. The relaxing yet harmonically complex guitar style of Kenny Burrell, the powerful bass of John Menegon and the reserved intensity of Jack DeJohnette on drums masterfully back up the sophisticated style and elegant phrasing of Teri Roiger throughout a selection of jazz classics and some original compositions.
More than a singer, Roiger is an instrumentalist, as demonstrated on Monk “Misterioso”, where she imitates the sound of a trumpet and on “Foolin Myself” masterful scats.
The intense bass of John Menegon carries the soulful interpretation of Kenny Barron “Sunshoer” and Monk “Looking Back”. On “Listen to Monk”, another Monk composition; bass, drums, guitar and voice had the chance to shine and show their impeccable improvisational skills. Mingus “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”, a composition Mingus wrote for the tenor sax legend Lester Young, gives Roiger and Menegon the chance to perform as a duo.
The album also includes two swinging Menegon originals, “Monk’s Point” and “Light of Night” and Sting’s “Fragile”, a tune already a favorite of jazz singers.
Tracks: Fragile, Listen to your Soul, If I should lose you, Sunshower, That old devil called love, Foolin myself, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Listen to Monk, Monk’s point, Looking back, Light of night.
Personnel: Teri Roiger – voice, John Menegon – bass, Jack DeJohnette –drums, Kenny Burrell – guitar.
Teri Roiger on the Web: teriroiger.com
John Menegon on the Web: johnmenegon.com
Label: Maki Records | Release date: 2010
Reviewed by: Wilbert Sostre
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