Jazz Times review – Carol Fredette “Everything in Time”

It’s hard to believe that a full decade has passed since veteran New York vocalist Carol Fredette served up Everything I Need, a scrumptuous platter of Bob Doroguh and Dave Frishberg tunes. For this long overdue return to the studio, she harkens back to her debut recording, wisely re-teaming with producer, arranger and bassist David Finck, whose tasteful musicality so greatly enhanced Fredette’s Love Dance in 1984. Well into the fourth decade of a career that has unfairly flown somewhat under the radar, Fredette sounds as fresh and pure as ever, tempering a girlish vitality vaguely reminiscent of Blosson Dearie with a soupçon of Frishberg-esque mordancy and mischievousness as she shimmies through 15 selections from the Great American and classic Brazilian songbooks.

Fredette’s “Dream Dancing” is appropriately satin lined, her “Las Night When We Were Young” fittingly wistful and her “A Fine Romance” aptly aniumated. (She also takes a welcomed double dip into the Mack Gordon songbook for fine renderings of “I Wish I Knew” and “Love Thy Neighbor.”) But Everything In Time becomes most interesting when she and Finck stray from Michel Legrand and Alan and Marylin Bergman, with the usually deliberate “Pieces of Dreams” taken at an enticingly urgent pace and the bright, sunny “I Was Born in Love With You” bathed in long shadows.