|Amanda Carr and Arnie Krakowsky|
What a special musical team. Carr is a quintessential big band singer whose sound and personality also fit very nicely into a small group setting. Krakowsky is a mainstream swing tenor with a brawny sound that harkens back to the Coleman Hawkins-Ben Webster era. He plays the horn with a lilt reminiscent of Lester Young.
Highlights from their wide-ranging material: Carr's interpretation of "Don't Go to Strangers," George Gershwin's "Soon," and the Peggy Lee/Victor Young tune "Where Can I Go Without You?," Krakowsky's solo on "Flamingo" and his three-song MLK Day-Duke Ellington medley that included "Pie Eye's Blues," "Take the 'A' Train" and Ellington's Coleman Hawkins tribute "One For The Bean."
They'd only met their Florida rhythm section two hours before the gig, but it sounded like they'd worked with pianist Jerry Stawski, bassist Dominic Mancini and drummer Danny Burger for years. What fun they had - and what simpatico.
|The quintet: Stawski, Carr, Krakowsky, Mancini, Burger|