Halie Loren’s Butterfly Blue strikes a perfect balance of classic and original jazz songs. The new blends with the old and the old is made new in Ms. Loren’s renditions of them. Much of the original work is Ms. Loren’s own, including “Yellow Bird”, “Butterfly”, and “Danger in Loving You” (joined by Larry Wayne Clark). Daniel Gallo, playing guitar on the album) contributed a couple as well in “Blue” and “After the Fall.”
The band is an integral part of this album and include: Piano & Organ: Matt Treder, Guitars: William Seiji Marsh & Daniel Gallo, Bass: Mark Schneider, Drums: Brian West, Horns: David Larsen (saxophones, clarinet), Joe Freuen (trombone), Dana Heitman (trumpet), Rob Birdwell (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Cello: Katherine Dudney. I don’t normally list out the band members in a vocal review, but this would be a very different album without the level of play these folks provide. It’s tight, focused and always supportive of the vocals.
This is another first-class album from Halie Loren. While she continues to wow us with her voice and musical sensibility, her depth grows as she presents more of her own material. This is a fabulous album I’ll listen to again and again. I highly recommend it.