Tall Oaks & Tanglewood
Jill Detroit's fourth album is a mesmerizing collection of ten musical jewels from this one-of-a-kind prolific singer-songwriter. As with her previous albums, Tall Oaks and Tanglewood defies musical genre categorization. Bill Bentley, who produced, arranged, performed on, recorded, mixed and mastered these ten gems, demonstrates unparalleled musical and technical abilities with arrangements, performances, and quality that provides the perfect looking glass for these original delicious compositions. Be prepared to journey through Jill's folk roots to easy listening pop, adult contemporary, bluegrass-tinged country, and, even swing jazz. The title and opening song, "Tall Oaks and Tanglewood" (which obliquely refers to the cross streets where Jill once lived) delivers a madrigal folk-tinged ode to independence with a nod to Joni Mitchell, one of Jill's greatest musical influences. "I Don't Know," is a classic Fleetwood Mac- style pop song in which Jill professes to know little about love or life except that each contain both pleasure and pain. Jill goes on to open her heart on the deeply personal "The Story of My Life," a song that was adapted for the musical "Paris on the Brain," which Jill co-wrote with her playwright brother, Scott Phillips. "Take You Home," with it's jazz swing feel and harmonies evocative of Manhattan Transfer, is pure and simple fun. The tone is darker on "Something So Final," as Jill describes the heartache and emptiness of a "phone that doesn't ring." Jill's children, Emily Goeke and Sean Phillips, contribute background vocals. Bill Bentley's exquisite simplicity on the musical track for the love song, "Please Let Me Stay," sets the stage for Jill's perfectly understated vocal delivery with vocal support from Bill. "An Affair To Remember," one of two songs on the album co-written with Bill, is a witty lyrical double entendre, with a country-pop feel and catchy chorus, featuring Jill in both lead and background vocals (the "Jill-ettes"). "Tomorrow I Will Start Again," another song co-written with Bill Bentley, features rich orchestration that underscores and complements an unforgettable vocal performance as Jill reflects on the past and looks forward to "starting again." The seductive light jazz feel of "Reclaiming My Life" transitions to "Woman of Faith," a gospel-infused affirmation of faith. Together, Bill and Jill create their own "choir," with the song culminating in a virtuoso vocal performance that reminds listeners what a treasure they've found in this singer-songwriter. Look for future releases from this unique and gifted singer-writer and her outstanding musical partner.