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Trineice Robinson

All Or Nothing

Review by Gary Hill

This album really harkens back to a bygone era. The music here fits well within the vocal jazz genre. Everything here works well, but personally, I would have rearranged a few of the songs around a little. There are three songs mid-set that are based primarily on piano and voice. I think that they would stand apart a little better if they were spread out on the disc. Then again, I'm not sure how many people listen to whole albums at a time these days, so it might be a moot point.

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Track by Track Review
All Or Nothing
A classy jazz arrangement brings this in. After the introduction the vocals enter. This is an old-school jazz based number. It's entertaining and solid. The instrumental break features some killer piano work.
More energized and rather crazed, the jazz on this is driving and strong.
What's Going On
This classic soul tune gets a smoking hot jazz treatment here.
Come Sunday
Featuring just vocals and piano, this is a balladic piece. It has a gospel vibe to it. It does have some jazz exploration. This is definitely not a favorite for me.
If This Is Love/The Very Thought of You
There is plenty of piano and vocal concept on the first part of this. It gets into more of a full jazz arrangement further down the road. This is a classy piece of music that works well, but I wouldn't consider it a standout.
You Taught My Heart to Sing
The balladic sort of piano and vocal arrangement is on the menu here again. This is a solid cut, but that formula is starting to wear a bit thin.
I Mean You
Now, here we get the variety we need. This has an expressive and energetic jazz arrangement. It's a lot of fun. I really love the bass showcase section. The instrumental section later is all class as is the scat singing paired with jamming beyond it.
La Costa
A less intense, but no less effective, jazz groove is on the menu here. It's another tune that's all class.
Save Your Love for Me
Here we get a ballad that has a more filled out arrangement. This is such a strong piece.
Let It Shine
Here we get a killer bluesy jazz jam. This is so strong. That said, the backing vocals don't work that well for me. The guitar solo is on fire, though.
This Little Light of Mine
This is a short acapella rendition of the standard done by a child. It's an intriguing way to end the disc.
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