The Skinny: You might know Ms Logan from her fine work for Postmodern Jukebox or as a contestant on American Idol. Aubrey is a singer, songwriter and trombonist; an intriguing combination. This is marketed as a jazz record, but Aubrey also rocks and waxes soulful and poppy.
Sounds like: Nicolette Larson, Blossom Dearie, Nora Jones, Judy Garland, Melba Liston
Deeper Thoughts: Recorded live at the legendary EastWest Studios in Los Angeles in front of an intimate audience, this record is for people who like their pop, soul and R&B on the jazzy side. Aubrey Logan is a highly skilled trombone soloist, but this isn’t a J.J. Johnson record. She likes lots of different kinds of music. She’s as comfortable on Bacharach & David’s “Alfie” as she is on her playful pop ditty “Laundry.” Her “One Three Nine” is a souful Disney musical-style belter. “Airport Codes” is a serious jazz chart and a heartfelt lament from the road. If Aubrey doesn’t steal your heart, you might not have one.
The Sonics: Aubrey tackles a number of different styles to give your D to A converter a nice workout. Kind of surprisingly, this recording gave my subwoofer a workout. Tabari Lake and drummer Dave Johnstone provide plenty of punch in the low frequencies. Aubrey’s wide vocal range and trombone soloing provide plenty of interval-skipping interest.