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by Tom Pierce
Devotees of superior jazz vocalists have several reasons to rejoice about this fourth CD by the highly respected San Francisco-based Paula West. First and foremost, the recording is simply a true knockout; but the rejoicing is also because, despite rave audiences and reviews for over a decade, this is West's first release since the impressively executed Come What May (High Horse) in 2001.Recorded during an engagement at New York City's Jazz Standard in 2011, it features stellar but ...read more
by Dave Nathan
With her innate sense of timing and phrasing, her ability to swing and to caress a ballad all with a rhythmic fluidity, Paula West's third album is a clinic on vocalizing. The play list is a combo of standards and less familiar material of differing modes. No matter where they come from, West's no vibrato delivery gives each tune a pure, natural reading absent unnecessary embellishments. This is not to say there's no feeling. A first hearing of her rendition ...read more