Tracey Wilkins I Wish I Knew

Track List
#Track Name
1I Wish I Knew
2It Might As Well Be Spring
3Honeysuckle Rose
4Taking A Chance On Love
5The Nearness Of You
6Cheek To Cheek
7Oh, Lady Be Good
8I Can't Get Started
9Like Someone In Love
10How Insensitive
11I've Never Been In Love Before
12My One and Only Love

Jan 1, 2000

For her first recording, vocalist Tracey Wilkins fronted a ten-piece band, on this, her second release she works with a quintet singing twelve standards, arranged by tenor saxophonist Andy Ballantyne, who along with William Sperandei - trumpet, David Braid - piano, Michael McClennan - bass and Mark McLean - drums, supply swinging support and solos that compliment the splendid vocals by Tracey. There are some real old chestnuts; all made the more attractive with the polished and exciting presentation. "It Might as Well as be Spring" (Sperandei's attention to beautiful phrasing), "Honeysuckle Rose", (Braid's, Dave McKenna inspired style), "Oh, Lady Be Good", McLennan's bright and energetic spot; throughout the recording his performance is a joy to hear). "I've Never Been in Love Before" (Ballantyne's solid swinging tenor, a feel-good tone). His backing on "My One and Only Love", is lush and full of passion.

This is indeed a fine performance from beginning to end, a splendid documentation in the life of a fine jazz vocalist.

Tracey Wilkens - vocals
Andy Ballantine - tenor sax
William Sperandei - trumpet
David Braid - piano
Michael McClennan - bass
Mark McLean - drums