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Maiden’s Voyage is Catherine Marie Charlton’s 10th album release and it will touch you deeply because of her virtuosity and ability to connect with the listener’s innermost sensibilities. She opens her program with a beautiful rendition of “Autumn Leaves” that will leave you entranced by her sound-color-melody. The subtle combination of individual instrumental sonorities from her piano and Jeff Oster’s flugelhorn recalls the brand of expressionism often used by jazz musicians in the call and response artistic approach. This song is an absolute beautiful opener that certainly gets and keeps your attention long after the song is over.
“Nature Boy” follows but now has strong doses of improvised passages that make it totally new again. What makes this song so interesting is the fact that Catherine Marie Charlton doesn’t abandon the original rhythmic continuity of the piece as she fills several passages with meaningful notes that serve a dual function for the song’s harmonic progression.
"Adios Nonino” by Astor Piazzolla is yet another standard that gets a great update by Ms. Charlton and Steve Meashey on double bass. She adeptly serves as both soloist and accompanist during this song and gives the listener added aural pleasures on several levels.
As the album’s only non-improvised piece, Albert Ginastera’s “Dance of the Graceful Maiden” Ms. Charlton injects welcome elements of classical music to extend the reach of this Latin American standard taken from Danzas Argentinas. Its rich lyricism and textures are gracefully performed.
Satie’s ethereal “Gnossienne No. 4” (Lent) with its experimental form, rhythm and chordal structure is artfully performed. This song is among the most beautiful highlights on the recording because its arrangement includes the creative percussion accompaniment of J. Jody Janetta that cloaks the song with an air of mysticism. Two solo piano pieces – “All That I Feel” and a reprise of “Autumn Leaves” - concludes the recording. Both of these compositions leave you with a deeper appreciation of Catherine Marie Charlton’s virtuosity and the desire to hear more of the music in her repertoire.