Thursday, January 3, 2008

Dorothy Doring - Southern Exposure

Here's an interesting surprise that popped up in the mail one day. Dorothy certainly belongs in that ol' smokey jazz club. Her voice at times - I know this is an obscure reference - reminds me of Janet from the prequel to Rocky Horror Picture Show, called Shock Treatment. It's not her. Mostly she's a kitten, but often showing her strength in belting numbers like "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'" and the piano-driven truck drive of a song, "That Old Black Magic."

But it's the intro I fell in love with. Not as much because of the writing of "Besame Mucho," but more thanks to Dorothy's tone of voice and mood putting us into that very Typical mind of jazz. When the word "jazz" comes up, even to unmusical people, we all start to think of This sound. And the very erotic, minimalist "Throw It Away." You find yourself swaying, ever so slightly. Tapping the foot once in a while. Setting yourself up mentally for sleep, at a later date. You are past relaxed - you are Ready to be relaxed. That's what happened to me in the outro/intro to this fine indie release.

I'd welcome seeing her live. For those who don't do the club scene, why don't you put a bonus live video on the next release, Dorothy? I'd like to see that brow fret while you wring all the soul out of your cool backdrop of smooth sound.

1 Besame Mucho
2 I Love Paris
3 Nice Work If You Can Get It
4 What The World Needs Now
5 The Good Life
6 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
7 Giant Steps
8 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'
9 That Old Black Magic
10 Throw It Away

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