Rebecca DuMaine’s versatility is reflected in her delivery, subtle phrasing, and controlled intonation. She’s also comfortable in both upper and lower registers; dig her accurate resonant extended tones! Over the past 30 years, the Dave Miller Trio has played publicly and privately throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Rebecca DuMaine: vocals/David Miller: piano/Mario Suraci: bass/Bill Belasco: drums
Beautiful Love • Pure Imagination • One Note Samba • Exactly Like You • Down with Love • You’ve Changed • Put on a Happy Face • The Face That I Love • There Will Never Be Another You • They Say It’s Spring • Too Close For Comfort • If I Were a Bell
“Very rarely do you see the vocalist not the leader in a band, but here it’s the “trio” of dave Miller/p, Mario Suraci/b Bill Belasco/dr and guitarist Brad Buethe that fronts vocalist Rebecca Dumaine through a series of standards. Dumaine works with Belasco’s drums to supreme satisfaction as the team slowly ambulates in on “Beautiful Love” and sounds relaxed in the quiet mood of Miller’s piano on “Pure Imagination” and “They say It’s Spring.” Her conversant and semi-soto voice works well on “One Note samba” and a bossa’d read of “There Will Never Be Another You” and shows she knows how to bear down as she throws some heat on “Down With Love.” Her maturity of delivery makes “You’ve changed not as dreary as usual, but more with resigned regret and she skates like a gold medal winner on “The Face That I Love.” A pro outing.”
-George Harris, JazzWeekly
“The Consequence of You is rich with the seamless musicianship and playful interaction between singer and band that defined their previous efforts…Dumaine’s vocals are joyful and delightful…” -The Jazz Page
Rebecca DuMaine The Consequence of You (Summit DCD 654)
After some years working in regional theater as both actor and educator, Rebecca DuMaine began developing a latent interest in the standards of the Great American Songbook and in jazz. This interest had simmered throughout her childhood, thanks in large part to her father, Dave Miller, Bay Area pianist (and, when off-stage, successful attorney). Although an established teacher at New York’s Actors Studio, Rebecca developed her interest in jazz singing, taking particular note of the understated work of singers like Irene Kral and Peggy Lee, identifying an innate ability to inhabit a song’s lyric in a manner that mirrored her acting talent. Back on the west coast in 2008, she began working with her father’s trio and signed with Summit Records, making two albums, Deed I Do in 2011, and Better Than Anything in 2013. This new partnership was a learning curve for father and daughter. Although well known locally for many years as trio leader and accompanist to visiting jazzmen, Dave was not used to accompanying a singer but he reveled in the new demands. While Rebecca had acted on stage in all manner of productions, including Shakespeare, she was now performing in a very exposed setting for a very different audience. To help her master her new craft, she studied with Madeline Eastman and Kitty Margolis, finding work wherever she could. That father and daughter have succeeded superbly is evident from every note played and sung on The Consequence Of You. Ably supported by guitarist Brad Buethe, bassist Mario Suraci, and drummer Bill Belasco, Rebecca performs songs including There Will Never Be Another You, Exactly Like You, You’ve Changed, and Too Close For Comfort. To all the songs, many warmly familiar, she brings intelligent appreciation of the lyrics and, together with Dave and the other instrumentalists, finds the right balance twixt melody and rhythm that turns this into a jazz outing with many effective moments that allow everyone to share in the spotlight, notably in the many well-taken solos for piano and guitar. These artists are billed as ‘The Dave Miller Trio with Rebecca DuMaine’ and this is how it should be because this is not a singer with backing group but a quartet of like-minded musicians wholly in tune with one another and with the music they perform.