Stella Bass: Too Darn Hot

Fri, Jul 11, 2014, 00:00


Too Darn Hot

Stella Bass

Self Released


This Dublin singer’s debut album might have been recorded at any time in the past 60 years, which will be music to some ears and sound a hollow note in others. An unabashed celebration of the classic songbook repertoire, including chestnuts such as All the Things You Are, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and Why Don’t You Do Right?, this self-released CD is probably aimed more at securing Bass live engagements than storming the barricades of contemporary artistic expression. However, Dublin-based pianist Phil Ware’s original arrangements are pin-sharp, and the excellent group – which includes guitarist Hugh Buckley, saxophonist Michael Buckley, trumpeter Danny Healy and drummer Dominic Mullan – delivers them with an assurance and conviction that lifts this album to another level.