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If New York City is the cultural center of the universe, then Memphis, Tennessee is its crossroads, with the cutting edge and the traditional mingling in Memphis like two best friends. Jazz vocalist Joyce Cobb hails from Memphis, and that city's myriad of influences are evident in her singing. Certainly sophisticated as a jazz singer, Cobb's delivery has the slurring grit of the blues. It is the sound of her meaning business when she steps up to the microphone to sing.
's 1938 "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" is a beautiful, libertine take on an old tune. In the smartest pairing offered, "I'm In The Mood For Love/Moody's Mood for Love" provides a solid vehicle for Cobb to display straight melody singing, followed by the highest level of jazz elaboration.
A sultry "It's Over Now (Well You Needn't)" closes the disc in Monkian style, showing that music with grit can also be multifaceted, and even pretty. It's warm in Memphis, and this recording makes it warmer.
Track Listing: Moanin'; Jitterbug Waltz; Skylark; Man, That Was A Dream; My Heart
Belongs To Daddy; I'm In The Mood for Love/Moody's Mood for Love;
Blue Skies/In Walked Bud; If You Know Love; If You Never Come to Me; I
Thought About You; Daydream; It's Over Now (Well You Needn't).
Personnel: Joyce Cobb: vocals, harmonica; Michael Jefry Stevens: piano; Jonathan
Wires: bass; Renardo Ward: drums.