Maureen Budway – Sweet Candor

March 3, 2015 / No Comments / Tags: David Budway, Hubert Laws, James Johnson III, Jeff Grubbs, Joe Negri, Marty Ashby, Maureen Budway, Paul Thompson, Sean Jones, Thomas Wendt

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Sweet Candor is the wonderful debut and final recording of singer Maureen Budway. While we can lament her loss to breast cancer in January, she and the music left the world on this production will be thoroughly enjoyed by all who hear it. Budway possessed a lovely voice with which she beautifully delivered every note. The set list here is a diverse and entertaining array of tunes by composers like Irving Berlin, Sam Jones, Billy Reid and Buddy Kay, Irving Berlin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stephen Foster, Donald Moore and Dave Frishberg, among others. The musicianship  is high as well with  David Budway on piano, Marty Ashby on guitar, Jeff Grubbs and Paul Thompson on bass, with James Johnson III and Thomas Wendt splitting the drum duties. The project also includes guest performances from trumpeter Sean Jones, flutist Hubert Laws and guitarist Joe Negri. What a beautiful and lasting tribute, as well as a gift to music lovers .

Click to listen to a clip of “Sweet Lover No More”:

Tracks: I’ll Close My Eyes, Sweet Lover No More, Del Sasser, Trav’lin Light, The House I  Live In, The White Cliffs of Dover, Hard Times Come Again No More, A Gershwin Medley (How Long Has This Been Going On, Fascinating Rhythm, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Man I Love), Spring Is Here.