CD: Wesla Whitfield

Wesla Whitfield, Mike Greensill Trio, The Best Things In Life

Wesla Whitfield plugs her current of understated energy into a diverse collection that encompasses “The Best Things in Life Are Free” from 1927, “Bein’ Green” from Sesame Street, and “Walkin’ After Midnight” from the Patsy Cline hit parade. There are also standards by Loesser, LeGrand, Arlen and Frishberg, among others. Whitfield is often billed as a cabaret singer, but with the rhythm section of pianist Mike Greensill, bassist John Witala and drummer Vince Lateano supporting her time sense, phrasing and inflection, the fuzzy border between cabaret and jazz disappears. Nat Cole’s “Errand Girl For Rhythm” is a case in point.

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  1. Gary Foster says

    Thanks for your mention of Wesla and Mike. In the mid – nineties I heard their (1991) live version of Rodgers and Hart’s “You’re Nearer” and we soon met by phone. A few days later at Jimmy Rowles’s house I asked him to listen to that track. We rarely listened to music. Hearing Wesla and Mike, Jimmy rubbed his bare arm a few times and said: ”She’s the real thing and her old man is perfect!” That from Jimmy Rowles!

    • Doug Ramsey says

      Gary Foster plays flute and saxophones on several of Ms. Whitfield’s and Mr. Greensill’s albums for High Note.