Sundae + Mr. Goessl, Makes My Heart Sway

by Constance Tucker

There is nothing like the symbiosis of a husband and wife duo, Sundae + Mr. Goessl is a perfect example of this strong bond.  The husband and wife duo, have not only built a strong rapport personally, as evidenced in their playful youtube videos, but also a fiercely apparent love of 1930s jazz.  No matter the label you want to give it genre wise, it is Kate Voss and Jason Goessl that rises this cream to the next level of divine and tasty goodness.

Thisundaemrgoessl2s being the third release from this duo, and continued national tours under their girdle – it is clear this duo means to stick and stay.  So, what makes this duo so unique, rather than the next kitschy 30s retro entrepreneurs on the upswing.   Well, that is the key word – it’s the swing; the pure and unadulterated way that Goessl brings the swing, and creates a canvas for Sundae (Voss) to spring board her sassy class upon.  That being said, it’s not just about the swing, credit must be given to Goessl for his fine single-line note choices and Voss’ pure untouched vocal style.

What has always been a favorite for me is “Love Me or Leave Me,” a popular song written in 1928 by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by Gus Kahn. The song was introduced in the Broadway play Whoopee!, which opened in December 1928. Ruth Etting’s performance of the song was so popular that she was also given the song to sing in the play Simple Simon, which opened in February 1930.  Voss keeps the continuity of this song alive, the playful lyrics are sung at lightning speed and Voss is up to the task, not a falter heard.

A vintage recording would not be complete without a stop off in N’awlins, and the duo’s rendition of “Stompin at The Savoy” is laced with quick lines and constant flow by Goessl.  How four fingers on the neck can create so much sound is just astounding to me, but thankfully it can be done and done well by Goessl.

A total treat in the mix is the original and title track “Makes My Heart Sway,” I had to look twice honestly to double check myself that this tune was not a standard.  Very well played and placed among the time-tested GAS tunes.   Don’t forget the bonus track listeners, “Pretty Little Thing” is blues-filled swallow that will make your belly feel the fulfilled feeling of a good homecooked meal. It’s tasty and hits the spot, a nice edition to this well-conceived offering.

So, what’s the sum of its parts?  Sundae + Mr. Goessl serve it with pride and no prejudice, they are not a duo out there trying their hand as these tunes, you can tell they live it – believe it – and love it.  So, there won’t be any leaving around here folks, this listener is here to stay and glad to be here.  Well done Sundae + Mr. Goessl, you have a new fan.  Highly recommended.

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