Ellen Doty is good as GOLD: a CD review by Stanley Fefferman

goldEllen Doty sings like a whispering canary, in the hushed, intimate manner of Peggy Lee, if you go back that far, or the ethereal Margo Timmins of the 80’s band Cowboy Junkies. Ms.Doty is an original jazz vocalist and she also had a hand in writing the songs on her first full album. She opens the album with “Diamond From Cole”, a tune with a catchy big band though slightly four-square bounce, then settles into a more intimate, reflective, 40’s club mood with “Restless Heart,” “No Good Man,” and “Wait For Your Call.” Ellen projects a woman who is open, beguiled and beguiling, smart but always soft. I have listened to this album half a dozen times: when I just listen, it catches me; listening while I work, it hangs out with my mood like a golden glow. Ellen Doty is one sophisticated lady, originating in Calgary and currently touring the western provinces with an excellent nine-piece band. The title tune, “Gold,” is about a girl with ambition who won’t give up. Go girl, go.

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