CeCe Gable | Next Year’s Song Review
by Bea Willis
Vocalist CeCe Gable wowed us with her full-length album More Than a Song in 2020 with well-chosen standards and an all-star lineup, with a follow-up winter-themed single “Once Again Its Winter.” Now in 2021, Gable is back with another all-star lineup featuring bassist Harvie S, pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer Matt Wilson on “Next Year’s Song.”
An original with shared credits, Gable provided lyrics, and the music is by Harvie S. The single reflects on the very tough year that 2021 has brought. With the pandemic still ever-present in our society, along with heavy weather events and discourse among the population, “Next Year’s Song” reminds us there is peace and harmony available to us if we only choose. The lessons we have learned surely can guide how we can resolve for the coming year.
The ensemble is magical; they effortlessly glide and accent the melody in all the right places, keeping a gentle yet effective palette for Gable to express her sage lyric upon. Gable resonates with telling depth as each lyric reminds us that we can do anything together. Her lyrical advice is as strong as the performances – a lasting original in the cannon of jazz. One I hope to hear recorded many times through the ages. “Next Year’s Song” is a fitting tribute to the human spirit, presented by an ensemble that conveys the passion of the song with opulence.
Label: 3522549 DK
Release Date: December 10, 2021
About the author
With an unwavering passion for music that began at the tender age of five, I embarked on a journey of self-expression through the piano, later expanding my repertoire to the guitar and the art of singing. As a seasoned performer in cozy coffee shops and harmonious choir ensembles, I've immersed myself in the diverse tapestry of musical genres, seeking to uncover the intricate qualities that strike a chord within our souls.
Beyond my personal experiences, my journalistic pursuits have led me to explore the stories and inspirations behind the melodies we hold dear. As a music journalist, I aim to delve into the heart of each composition, shedding light on the creative minds that have shaped the soundscape of our lives.
In my downtime, you can find me serenading my loyal canine companion with heartfelt tunes on the guitar or indulging in retail therapy to enhance my ever-growing wardrobe. Songwriting holds a special place in my heart, and I yearn for the day when I can share my creative talents with the world. Until then, my passion for uncovering the emotional power within music continues to drive my insightful reviews and analyses, as I journey through the rich landscape of melodies that move us.