Something Good (FreeHam) continues to show the talent of Clamor and what she’s able to do with her voice and the songs she presents to the world. This album shows how developed she has become not only with how she sings, but the arrangements throughout, done with a number of people but Clamor herself had a hand in arranging the title track, along with Abe Lagrimas, Eli Brueggermann, and Gary Wicks. If there’s one thing that holds up about this album, there is a deeper backbone, and not that her music didn’t have it before but Something Good comes off like a strong and balanced album, one with depth and meaning, designed in a fashion that shows how well she does in a jazz context. It’s not a concept album, but rather Something Good is a collection that has a distinct beginning, a carefully executed adventure, and a solid closer, all while Clamor continues to share her love of the music with who she is as a person. Her DNA is a focal point but at this point in her career it’s almost a given, one that is known and casually hangs out in the background but one that is very much a part of who she is. At this point she is able to say that she is Pinay, now let me welcome you to what I enjoy. Of course, if you’re enjoying Clamor and her music by now, then you’ve already found the couch. Kick back and hear something quite good.
Mon David is a jazz/pop vocalist of Filipino heritage, and his first American album has been released through FreeHam Records. Is it good? If you are into jazz-flavored pop or pop flavored jazz, definitely, and as the CD cover indicates, he has his guitar and suitcase ready to go.
Even just by listening you can tell he is a showman. In tracks like “Inivitation”, “Only Once” (the latter a duet with the awesome Charmaine Clamor he shows his passion for not only jazz but for singing, and he never goes over the edge with it either. He is someone who could easily fit in with any style of music, I’m curious to hear what he could be like if he did a bit of country or blues. In other words he sounds like a versatile singer, and I hope he continues on this path to find new avenues.
Also, for fans of solid drumming, pick this CD up to hear the work of Abe Lagrimas. Nuff said.