Interscope recording artist Haley Reinhart (typing that will never get old) was recently down. In New. Orleeeeans. with her fellow Season 10 American Idol contestants — and while there, she stopped by Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse to coo a smooth 11-minute rendition of “God Bless the Child” with Irvin Mayfield and his band.
The laid-back session features some astonishingly high runs, bluesy growls, and an extended call-and-response scat session with a trumpet; check out the video (uploaded by Casey Abrams…) below:
I can only hope that Ms. Reinhart’s trip to the Big Easy is an indication of what sort of music she’ll be making in her post-Idol career. I wouldn’t want her to go full-on jazz—that would pretty much guarantee that no one would buy her music—but with such clear knowledge of music history and vocal chops like hers, it would be a shame to hear the growler shoehorned into a too-poppy sound. She’s made to sing soulful stuff like this!
Readers, what do you think?