Maggie Herron – Good Thing

Long a favorite in paradise, Maggie Herron is now available to the rest of the world. Good Thing (2014) is the latest by the pianist/vocalist known as “the Big Island’s jazz goddess.”

The album is produced and edited by Brian Bromberg, who plays acoustic bass on 12 tracks, and piccolo bass for the cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.” Drummer Dave Tull appears on all but two songs. Several others make contributions here and there. Among the notables are saxophonist Bob Sheppard, percussionist Alex Acuna and trumpeter Rick Braun.

“Things Could Be Better” is one of five original songs in this session. The song has a hint of bossa nova. Saxophonist Paul Lindbergh and trumpeter Lee Thornburg play softly beneath the vocal, with charming fills by guitarist Ramon Stagnaro. Piano and guitar enjoy brief solos.

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