Laura Welland Press Review


Jazz Times, August 2004
by Christopher Loudon

Love Is Never Out Of Season (OA2)

To the ever-growing roster of Seattleites with genuine vocal sass, you can now add the name Laura Welland.

Surely, I’m assuming, the only song stylist to ever abandon a successful engineering career to pursue music, Welland started out as a trumpeter, switched to bass, then finally, midway though an instrumental recording session, opened her mouth to sing. Result? As demonstrated a dozen times on her debut album, Love Is Never Out Of Season (OA2), Welland’s a little bit Blossom Dearie and a little bit Ann Hampton Callaway, with feet planted firmly in both jazz and cabaret camps.

Supported by the sort of A-list trio you’d expect to (and often do) find behind established stars – Billy Mays on piano (replaced for three tracks by Larry Fuller), John Clayton on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums – Welland weaves a multicolored musical tapestry that stretches from a dusky When I Grow Too Old To Dream to the bright, bouncy title track. I’ll admit little fondness for her Be My Love (a sentiment I blame less on her performance than on the tune’s clunky grandiosity) but figure she more than makes up for it with a slow baked I Got The Sun In The Morning and You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To that hints at the combined smokiness of Julie London and Jeri Southern.