Manhattan Cabaret Singer Salutes Miss Peggy Lee
Painting a proud, strong, playful, sexy, damaged soul, much of Stacy Sullivan’s “It’s a Good Day” is upbeat and up tempo. Familiar and eclectic choices are deftly sequenced. Arrangements are unexpected, enriching rather than merely implying Stacy’s emotional take, and in service to the lyric. Time signatures are reconfigured. The vocalist pauses at unusually effective moments leaving her audience to continue dreaming in the breath of silence. Songs with which she genuinely identifies feel truly honest. This is a ballsy, potent work; an original. Musicianship is superb.
“I Love the Way You’re Breaking My Heart” and “The Folks Back Home” drift down like feathers. “Cheek to Cheek” (with a nod to “Fever,” which is rightfully not included) while faithful, catches one off guard with innuendo. “That Old Black Magic” smolders as it swings ending with an echoed warning. “Nobody’s Heart Belongs to Me” and “Where Did They Go” both often mournful, here become reflective and without self pity. “Johnny Guitar” is simply gorgeous sung over—wait for it— Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in F Sharp Minor! “Angels On Your Pillow” is like listening to a shaken snow globe. And there’s more.
Were Miss Lee ensconced on a bar stool, legs crossed, chiffon skirt cascading, she’d undoubtedly raise an appreciative glass to the shimmering Stacy Sullivan.
Miss Sullivan will be appearing live in Manhattan on Oct. 17th and 18th, 2012, at The Metropolitan Room.