REBECCA DUMAINE AND THE DAVE MILLER TRIO “SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY” Someday, Someday features singer Rebecca DuMaine and pianist Dave Miller’s trio performing uplifting music during the pandemic that is both realistic and swinging.Their set of standards and two of the singer’s originals are filled with warm vocals, boppish piano solos, fresh ideas, and variety.
Following on the success of 2019’s Chez Nous, jazz singer Rebecca DuMaine and her father pianist Dave Miller (along with bassist Chuck Bennett and drummer Bill Belasco) have created a new set of music that, while at times a little bit darker than their previous recordings, is ultimately hopeful.
Many of the songs that they have chosen to interpret are standards from decades ago yet the lyrics (not to mention such song titles as “Alone Again (Naturally)” and “I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plans”) often fit the current situation. Someday Someday begins with Ms. DuMaine’s beautiful voice sounding happy on “Just Friends” despite the melancholy lyrics. The excellent late-1960s pop song “Alone Again (Naturally)” gets a welcome revival while “Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat” features Rebecca (whose mother was a French teacher) singing in French about a lost relationship. The obscure but superior standard “The Gentlemen Is A Dope” is updated and still sounds quite relevant.
Rebecca DuMaine’s “Someday, Someday” discusses the current situation and looks towards a future when the world will wake up again. Joni Mitchell’s introspective “Both Sides Now,” which features daughter and father in a duet, precedes Rebecca’s “Time To Get Unstuck (Happy Little New Song)” which is about getting out of a rut and making the best of the new normal. The Harold Arlen classic “As Long As I Live” has Dave Miller bowing towards Count Basie while Rebecca gets to scat a bit. “On A Clear Day” is turned into a bossa nova (it was ironically recorded when the Northern California air was anything but clear due to the year’s massive fires) while “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan” is taken first as a ballad and then a swinger.
The other selections include a 3/4 time faster-than-usual version of the Julie London hit “Cry Me a River,” a witty combination of “La Vie En Rose” and
Charlie Parker’s “Au Privave,” a George Shearing-inspired version of “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams,” and “Sunny” which serves as an optimistic closer.
Rebecca DuMaine has had successful careers as an actress (on stage, in commercials and voice-overs) and a teacher. Since 2010 she has sung regularly with her father’s trio, recording five highly-rated CDs: Deed I Do, Better Than Anything, The Consequence Of You, Happy Madness, and Chez Nous. Dave Miller was classically trained, but turned towards jazz after discovering the music of Ahmad Jamal and George Shearing. In addition to his work with his daughter, he and his trio are heard at their best on 2009’s Rapture and 2019’s Just Imagine.
With Rebecca DuMaine’s very appealing singing, the inventive and swinging solos of Dave Miller, and the tasteful accompaniment of bassist Chuck Bennett and drummer Bill Belasco, Someday, Someday is an easy set for lovers of high-quality jazz to enjoy.
Rebecca DuMaine, short bio
A jazz vocalist whose beautiful sound is matched by her exquisite taste, Rebecca DuMaine is an incisive interpreter of classic American standards who’s steeped in the tradition but not bound by it. With her keen ear for drama and supple sense of phrasing she uncovers new emotional terrain whether exploring familiar fair or the American Songbook’s back pages.
Over the past eight years she’s released a series of acclaimed albums for Summit Records accompanied by the lithe and indefatigably swinging Dave Miller Trio, starting with 2011’s impressive debut Deed I Do. DuMaine followed up two years later with Better Than Anything, a cohesive collection of songs that “always sparkle and often sizzle,” writes SoundStage. Her 2015 release, The Consequence of You, is swinging and Happy Madness (October 2016) has already spent some time on the Jazzweek top 100 chart. The newest album, Chez Nous, was in the preliminary voting category for Best Jazz Vocal Album of 2019.
“I’m always trying to find a song that has a lyric that I can make my own,” says DuMaine. “I really love discovering these lesser known gems from the American Songbook, songs that aren’t overplayed. And if a song is well known, I love finding an obscure verse or playing it a different way, interpreting a swing tune as a bossa nova, or swinging a ballad.”
She didn’t start out as a vocalist. After DuMaine earned a drama degree fro Duke University she worked in New York City for years as an actor. At the same time, she started training fellow thespians in a vocal technique developed by Kristen Linklater designed to free an actor’s natural voice.
Her emergence as an enthralling jazz singer isn’t a repudiation of her theatrical background. Rather, it’s a homecoming informed by her background in acting and voice, a marriage of her gift for storytelling with her sensuous musicality.
Considering the transformative power of her passion for jazz, it’s not surprising that “all of these paths, voice training and acting, fed into this new thing around the time I was pregnant with my first child, the most visceral, primal experience,” she says. “I believe in my soul that this is what I’ll be doing.” Listening to DuMaine, there’s no doubt that she’s found her calling.