"A true measure of a jazz singer is the way she or he (mostly she) meets the challenge of applying the tricks and techniques of their trade to classic standards. How they reformat well-known material in a way so as to make it uniquely their own for that short period when they embrace these tunes with their vocal chords is the challenge. Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie, and Carmen McRae, among others, were always ready, willing, and able to take the risk of bravely applying their artistry to standards, twisting, turning, shaping, and coddling them to their own personality.
Canadian native Terry Cade has earned a spot in that category.
Every track on this album is an adventure with the listener kept on edge waiting to see how the adventure unfolds and the direction the denouement will take. Cade combines this ability with her skill for using accompanists to create a mood. She and pianist Dave Restivo transform "You Don't Know What Love Is" into a theme for a Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall film noire. Moving to a more modern venue, Cade and Lou Marini's bop tenor join to mix tempos and modulate inflections on an upbeat "Small Day Tomorrow." Another gamble willingly accepted is taking on Jon Hendricks lyrics to Thelonious Monk's "Monk's Dream," with Restivo hitting some off-center notes from time to time, but Cade goes on without losing a beat. On "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," Cade changes the usual cadence of the tune and does it in a way that makes sense, not as an affectation.
Cade has the credentials to gain admittance as a performer to the Knitting Factory a citadel of contemporary jazz. That alone speaks tons about her ability as a vocalist."