Review of CD Launch
@ The Basement, Sydney
"Blue Joy" Bonnie J Jensen
Joy Mestroni - Jazz Action Society Magazine
I'm happy to report that the Basement was bustling with music lovers on a Monday night. For those that have not had the pleasure, Bonnie looks like a graceful gazelle, is an accomplished pianist and sings like a dream. This is her second release. The evening integrated standards, popular music and some smooth originals. A jazz treatment of some of my favourite songs including Sting's Every Breath You Take and a polished performance of Rio de Janeiro Blues - on the album the track features some tasteful percussion from Fabian Hevia.
A song with "hit" potential is Jensen's original Tokyo Skies with interesting lyrics and some magnificent trumpet from Mr Don Rader. The evening was made even more special thanks to the talents of Craig Walters. His flute on Jensen's original Free and his saxophone throughout the evening was magnificent. Kudos must go to pianist Michael Bartolomei who assisted Jensen arranging many of the tunes.
One of the most outstanding parts of the evening was Bonnie's rendition of Time after Time back to basics with piano and voice: a track from her first release "Lucky so & so" also available on La Brava Music catalogue number 0039.