People are remembered for different things. Some for being pioneers in a particular field and some for being great at what they did while they were living. Nancy LaMott was great at what she did and seventeen years ago today she was taken from us at the way too early age of 43. She was a singer I only knew through her recordings and what recordings they are.
When you hear a Nancy LaMott recording, you are taken to a place of bliss. Her heavenly sound on such standards as “Moon River” and “My Foolish Heart,” there is nothing like it. Her performance of David Friedman’s (also her producer) “Listen to My Heart” is flat out one of the best recordings of a song you will ever hear.
When I wrote her remembrance piece last year I talked about how she was a musician’s singer and always appreciated the musicians that she was working with. Maybe this is why her main trio of players Christopher Marlowe(Piano/Arranger), Jay Leonhart (Bass) and John Redsecker (Drums) remained the same for a number of years.
I often wish I had seen her perform live because if her Live at Tavern on The Green recording is any indication, I know it would have been a great time.
Why after 17 years do I and others continue to remember Nancy LaMott? We continue to remember her because you tend to remember greatness. Nancy LaMott was and will always be one of the great cabaret singers of our time. I know she is up there wowing them on a cloud with her angelic voice.