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Full Review --LOVE NOTES 
 Mr. Robert Dupuis, January 1998
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 Ms. Bonnier has been a delightful staple of the Detroit jazz scene for many years, on occasion performing as a part of the Detroit Piano Summit with colleagues Sir Roland Hanna, Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan and Barry Harris. Here she is presented with her quartet, bassist Paul Keller, vibist Cary Kocher and drummer Pete Siers, in a wonderful mix of swingers and ballads that are blessed with arrangements strong in creativity and musicianship. Keller is recently returned from his worldwide tour with Diana Krall, following their blockbuster Nat Cole tribute CD. A careful listen to Kocher and Siers will attest to their skills.

This production features several standards, three original Bonnier tunes and three Bonnier vocals. The latter include the tender Kern-Fields "Remind Me," "Foolish/Favorite Things," a devilish intertwining of the two standards in which Bonnier applies the lyric of one to the melody of the other (how does she keep them straight?) and "Ah, Paris," a medley that requires several listenings. It includes "La Vie en Rose," "April in Paris," and Dave Frishberg's clever parody, "Another Song About Paris." Instrumentally here the group manages to sneak in snatches of "Marsielles," "Parisian Thoroughfare" and "An American in Paris." Bon!

The originals include the title tune, "Las Notas de Amor," a Latin feel number that gives solo space to all. This group enjoys playing together and it shows. They swing hard when investigating "Joy Spring" and "Aurex," the seldom-heard Shorty Rogers theme with the wonderful rhythmic melody line. And check out the unlikely, up-tempo "Mr. Sandman" for swinging, if only for Siers's fine brushwork. Vibist Kocher sparkles throughout, both in solo and ensemble passages; you'll hear more from him.

Another Bonnier original is a bop-oriented line, "All of Paul," based on (what else?) "All of Me." Here Bonnier's main collaborator, Paul Keller, shows his stuff. It's all great fun. Hear this album.


( Reviewed by Robert Dupuis, author of the definitive biography of one of jazz's greats-- "Bunny Berigan: Elusive Legend of Jazz." His book is available, in personally inscribed copies from: Robert Dupuis, 725 Lincoln Road, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230. $29 postpaid, shipped Priority Mail. )
 

Full Reviews of LOVE NOTES: Related:
 Detroit Jazz Magazine - Nov 97
 SEMJA Update - Nov 97
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