Freda Payne – Come Back To Me Love

September 30, 2014 / No Comments / Tags: bill cunliffe, Bob McChesney, Bob Sheppard, Carl Saunders, David Stone, Freda Payne

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While many people know of vocalist Freda Payne from her 1970’s pop hits, she is, in fact, a singer with a history in steeped in jazz, including her time touring with the Quincy Jones Big Band. Her latest recording, Come Back To Me Love, co-produced and arranged by Bill Cunliffe provides Payne wonderful canvas to paint the words and she delivers. The set is a nice collection of standards with the singer’s quality, Ella-tinged voice adding some a contemporary flair to the tunes, like working a Marvin Gaye vamp nicely into one of the tunes. Cunliffe assembles an impressive supporting cast of players to create the music for this effort to include himself on piano, Bob McChesney on trombone, David Stone on bass, Carl Saunders on trumpet and Bob Sheppard on saxophones, among many others. With music and vocals being first rate, this production can’t help but be as terrific as it is .

Click to listen to a clip of “You Don’t Know”:

Tracks: You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To, Haven’t We Met, Lately, Come Back To Me Love, Whatever Happened To Me, You Don’t Know, Save Your Love For Me, Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry, The Island, I Should Have Told Him, I Just Have To Know, Midnight Sun, Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water.