"Between You And Me"
Miche Fambro's transition from 1980's New Waver to modern-day troubadour is inspirational for any musician facing the tyranny of the clock. Fambro's interests have veered toward acoustic jazz in recent years, which has highlighted his skilled guitar work and smooth voice. The singer-songwriter hasn't recorded a CD with just a guitar since 2007's "Cafe Vignettes." Fambro's latest release, "Between You And Me," is his jazz guitar debut that features mostly standards.
This album includes numbers considered to be part of the great American songbook ("Fly Me To The Moon"), international hits ("Bluesette"), and an original instrumental ("The Ponder"). "Between You And Me" is a pleasant album, particularly if you appreciate a laid-back coffeehouse vibe, and Fambro does a fine job of capturing the essence of each popular song with short but sweet renditions. These condensed cover versions move fluidly, mixing in instrumentals along the way.
It's difficult to pinpoint one standout track since many of these tunes embody a similar feel, but "One Note Samba" or "Lulu's Back in Town" — with its shout out to coquettes — seem to capture the spirit of this album fairly well.
If nothing else, Fambro's spin on the acoustic standards contained in "Between You And Me," along with an expansive catalogue of originals, continues to cement his reputation as a significant musician in the Rochester-area.