By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene
Golden Daffodil is the first vocal release for bassist/composer Matt Ulery’sWoolgathering Records. We covered Ulery’s most recent release as a leader, Delicate Charms, (a chamber jazz outing which in no way resembles this one) last October on these pages. This is Chicago-based vocalist Leslie Beukelman’ssecond full-length jazz release mixed among singles and EPs in other genres. The album showcases Beukelman’s introspective original compositions as well as her distinctive take on carefully curated standards. She sings alongside a tightly-knit rhythm section made up of pianist/keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy, and drummer Jon Deitemyer. Read the full review here.