Karen Francis: Better Days (2003)
Ms. Francis' original "Four Voices Left Unheard" is a freedom forum vocal jazz piece that soars. "That Old Devil Moon" swings effortlessly with Allyn Johnson's orchestral piano driving the arrangement and Ms. Francis fine phrasing guiding the song. One album highlight is Jobim's "Wave." A tricky song vocally, Karen Francis throws it off with grace and aplomb, her voice full and sure. Better Days is one of the best vocal jazz albums released this year. Let us hope there are many more to come.
For more information visit Karen Francis and Virgo Rising Records.
Track Listing: Softly, As In A Moring Sunrise; What Shall I Say To You; Better Days; The Nearness Of You; Four Voices Left Unheard; Cameron?s Song; Old Devil Moon; Welcome; From M0oment To Moment; Wave.
Personnel: Karen Francis?Vocals; Allyn Johnson?Piano; Christian McBride, James King, Michael Hawkins? Bass; Nasar Abadey?Drums; Antonio Parker?Alto Saxophone; Barnette Williams, Same Turner? Percussion.
Record Label: Virgo Rising Records