Better Than Anything – Dave Miller Trio w/Rebecca DuMaine

Better Than Anything – Dave Miller Trio w/Rebecca DuMaine
Catalog number: 619


01 Better Than Anything
comp: Bill Loughborough, David Wheat
02 You for Me
comp: Bob Haymes
03 Sometime Ago
comp: Sergio Mihanovich
04 Oh, Look at Me Now
comp: Joe Bushkin, John DeVries
05 No More Blues
comp: Antonio Carlos Jobim
06 What Is There to Say
comp: Vernon Duke
07 I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
comp: Peggy Lee, Edward Duke Ellington
08 Telephone Song
comp: Roberto Menescal
09 I Just Found Out About Love
comp: Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson
10 It Might As Well Be Spring
comp: Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein
11 Cheek to Cheek
comp: Irving Berlin
12 It's Love
comp: Leonard Bernstein
13 Dreamer
comp: Antonio Carlos Jobim
14 Lucky to Be Me
comp: Leonard Bernstein
15 That's All
comp: Bob Haymes

“Smart. Simple. Confident. Competent. These are just four descriptors that apply to Rebecca DuMaine’s recital with the Dave Miller Trio entitled Better Than Anything. DuMaine and Miller assemble a recital of fifteen standards and near standards that nominally orbit the specters of Bob Haymes, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Leonard Bernstein, who each provide two songs to the mix. DuMaine and Miller’s chemistry as one would expect from a daughter-father collaboration. The pair released Deed I Do (Summit Records, 2012), establishing the rich vein of music Americana they would continue to perfect on the present recording.

And, Better Than Anything, like the previous recording is very listenable. But is there anything that separates it from the deluge of similar recordings clotting what by all indications should be an ever shrinking marketplace? The answer is a cautious yes. DuMaine possesses a durable, no-nonsense voice perfectly suited to her song choices. ‘Better Than Anything’ is fresh and sharp, betraying what must be a facile talent for vocalese. Miller and his solid trio provided just the necessary support, while soloing sensibly.

DuMaine is quite comfortable with Leonard Bernstein’s show tunes, dispatching ‘It’s Love’ and ‘Lucky To Be Me’ with mirth and aplomb. It is to DuMaine’s credit that she places the Bernstein beside the Jobim (‘No More Blues’ and ‘Dreamer’) showing how tuneful and similar the two composers were. Better Than Anything is that unadorned jazz singing that must be revisited if only to remind us of what the songs were supposed to sound like to begin with. Creative progress and evolution are fine and necessary if we don’t forget from where we have come. Rebecca DuMaine does her part preventing that.” -C. Michael Bailey,

“DuMaine & Miller can swing yet develop a lyrical path that is fresh, organic … vocal warmth, phrasing and ability to crawl deep inside a tune…” –

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