Such-A-Bouquet is the debut recording for Dawn Alexis and it's an ambitious undertaking to say the least for the Regina-based artist.
The CD is a 'FAT' 17 songs, all written by Alexis, which is a pretty impressive effort lyrically for a jazz artist offering up her first recording. It is a genre which often begs a few covers to add a touch more familiarity to a debut project. Kudos to Alexis for going her own way.
Alexis also did the arrangements here, and she shows maturity on this front too. The skillful use of brass on a cut such as Don't You Fret shows that.
The CD is also self-produced, so everything you get here has Alexis' mark on it.
So what do we get?
Well it's a jazz album, with touches of swing, and a few Latin twists, such as When Will You Write.
Vocally, Alexis has a deep, sort of throaty voice, with excellent range, which she uses to full effect throughout. It's the sort of voice which will stay haunting the listener for a long time, and that's a good thing. The haunting quality comes through on cuts such as Please Don't Make Me Go.
Overall, this is an impressive effort from a new voice, and one that deserves a listen. Alexis is another Sask. talent who deserves to be heard here in the province. Maybe the adult jazz band the city can have her headline a show, it would be a good one.
Check her out at www.funtazm.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 7, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada