Songs from the Heart
The artist known simply as Caroline offers her sophomore album 'Songs From The Heart' produced by multi-instrumentalist, friend and mentor Chris Darrow. For the 'difficult second album' concept Darrow raises the bar demonstratively, fleshing out each song with rich, varied and sympathetic soundscapes. Caroline clears the bar with space to spare.-Michael McDonald Loren Newkirk's historical jazz background give the three trio written songs the status of 'new standards.' Instead of covering the old classics, Caroline Dourley, Chris Darrow and Loren Newkirk set out to create new stories with the grace of the old classics. These songs are here to stay. The vocal duets are sultry and real. The music is rich in singing, writing and playing. Darrow's topped himself this time with his innovative solos-ones that musicians often try to mimmick but miss the originality too often. Many of Darrows proteges often miss the originality but not Caroline. She takes Darrows love for music to new heights. This is apparent when they work together. Newkirk adds the icing on the cake, or the canvas to the painted picture. 'Songs from the Heart is to be both admired and loved.' Michael McDonald/Caroline Dourley.