Toni Harris: Second Chances (2002)
Her vocals are a mixture of Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, and Betty Carter. Her vocal stylings err on the side of Latinesque (hear "Dimples" and "Over The Rainbow"), particularly with Bill Easley's flute laying down a bit o' Bossa. She can sing a rave up also as witness on her scat of Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce. "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me" is all soul, from her punchy vocals to Michael Abene's jaunty arrangement. "Take the Train" is, of course, the vocal rendition of Strayhorn's anthem, deliver with the same creative force as "Do Nothing...." Both are sophisticated blues.
In all, Toni Harris has bountiful talent and Second Chances is a worthy listen for jazz vocal aficionados. Ms. Harris makes this music swing and is a worthy credit to the great jazz town she hails from.
Track Listing: Dimples; When Sunny Gets Blue; Billy's Bounce; Save Your Love For Me; Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me; Over The Rainbow; I Hope That I Can Love Again; Take The Train. (Total Time: 37.19).
Personnel: Toni Harris: Vocals; Michael Abene: Piano; Lisle Atkinson: Bass; Richard Allen: Drums; Bill Easley: Saxophone and Flute.
Record Label: Jazznote Productions