Sundae + Mr. Goessl
Makes My Heart Sway
The guitar and vocals duo of Jason Goessl and Kate Voss projects an easy camaraderie and connection that comes from many gigs played, a shared aesthetic, and a palpable sense of enjoyment in the music. Of course, being married might help a little bit too.
Goessl is known in the area as a widely versatile guitarist, augmenting deep jazz roots with forays into electronics and experimental rock. On the duo’s new Makes My Heart Sway, he is a one-man band: keeping time, interjecting fleet harmonies, bass lines, and chords, while unspooling supple solo lines.
Vocalist Kate Voss has jazz pedigree (and a touch of Billie Holiday in her approach), but she also works in the seams between jazz and traditional pop, hearkening back to an era when pop singers had serious interpretive skills, rather than just raw lung power.
Indeed, Makes My Heart Sway draws much from traditional pop stylings, but with plenty of substance in the mix. Though they share some repertoire choices with the iconic Joe Pass/Ella Fitzgerald dates, the duo’s vibe also leans towards the memorable Julie London (with Howard Roberts) albums of the ‘50s.
Between Voss’s confident control and playful vocal personality, and Goessl’s guitar wizardry, Sundae + Mr. Goessl come across like a vintage jazz Tuck & Patti.
This duo is obviously purpose-built as a live unit and no doubt the upbeat, catchy numbers are always crowd-pleasers, but I’d love to hear them explore more of the darker bluesy menace that seeps through on the album closer “Pretty Little Thing,” driven by Goessl’s tremolo-drenched guitar and a slinky, feline vocal turn from Voss.
– Andrew Luthringer
Kate Voss, Vocals & Melodica
Jason Goessl, Guitar
Recorded at Studio Nels, Seattle, WA
Engineer Robb Davidson
Mixed by Jason Goessl
Produced by Kate Voss and Jason Goessl
Mastered by Huntley Miller at HM Master
Photos by Rick Wait
Cover photo taken at The Westcott House in Springfield, OH
CD tray photo taken at The Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield, OH
Album design and layout by Jeff Siamas
Mr. Goessl uses Quimper Electronic Systems' Retrofier amplifier.