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Peggy Duquesnel – Seems Like I Know You

Apr. 5, 2013

When you think of keyboardist Jeff Lorber and bassist Jimmy Haslip, you think superior jazz fusion, right? Well, try these guys oPeggy Duquesneln for size as they help produce vocalist/pianist Peggy Duquesnel on her jazz/pop project entitled Seems Like I Know You, a five-track EP offering with the softest of charm.

The title track places you at ease with the harrowing world as it sways and gently serenades. Lorber co-wrote track two, “When I Think of You,” with Duquesnel, a light and snappy number featuring Duquesnel’s serene vocals, Lorber on guitar, the smooth soothing groove of guest trumpeter Rick Braun, and the thick runs of bassist Haslip.

The sway continues with “That’s How It Always Goes,” another gentle tune with a solid rhythm and nice snap and features some really nifty guitar work by Michael Thompson.

The cover of the 1971 Carpenters melodically sweet tune “Rainy Days and Mondays” shows off Duquesnel’s vocals and piano skills handsomely, and the magnetism of the subtle and well-arranged finale “Bird on a Leash” is, at once, seductive and classy with Lorber on guitar and Braun’s trumpet complementing the vocals and piano of Duquesnel (nice backing vocals by Haslip on this one, as well).

Smooth/contemporary jazzers of the typical persuasion probably seldom get to sit down and mellow out to grooves like you’ll hear on this album. Relaxing and exhilarating at the same time, Duquesnel is a double threat. She can either nab you with her gentle vocals or her suave and competent work on piano. One truly admirable piece of art. – Ronald Jackson