Album Review: I Thought About You from Jan Cronin

Album:  I Thought About You
Artist:  Jan Cronin
Label:  Scootermusic

Sonically exquisite, singer-songwriter Jan Cronin delivers a panoply of dreamy melodies on her recording I Thought About You from Scootermusic.  Accompanied simply by guitarist Andy Reiss and bassist Jim Ferguson, Cronin hypnotizes the listener with a stream of sparsely layered melodies that showcase the warmth of her resonance and the clarion smoothness of her timbres.  The emotional depth in her delivery penetrates audiences, drawing attention to the lyrics and their meaning.

Her rendition of Victor Young and Ned Washington's classic gem "My Foolish Heart" speaks of human sentiment as she muses, "The night like a lovely tune / beware my foolish heart / how white the ever crescent moon / take care my foolish heart / there's a line between love and fascination / that's hard to see."  Ferguson's bass pumps plume like a field of delicate pansies that cushion the listener on a soft pallet.  Cronin's vocals turn sultry through "Peel Me A Grape," displaying a seductive lilt in her delivery that moves with a hip-swaying gait along the bopping swagger of Reiss' guitar riffs.

The warmth and tenderness in her vocals infuse the original tune "The Scent of Breakfast and You" with a romantic luster, as the sleek strut of Reiss' guitar chords and Ferguson's bass pulls shroud the tune in pellets of steamy embers.  Her playful phrasing along "Lullaby of Birdland" is infectious, inducing a light mood in the listener, and in contrast, turns reflective and introspective through "The Shadow of Your Smile."

Containing nine tunes from the Great American Songbook and one original track, Cronin's recording penetrates the listener's senses, caressing and consoling emotions.  Sonically exquisite and emotionally therapeutic, Cronin's offering transcends jazz, swing, blues vocals, and roots music, reaching a level of magnetism that touches the human heart.

Jan Cronin - vocals
Andy Reiss - guitar
Jim Ferguson - bass


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