Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
121

Karen Shane: It's Anybody's Spring

Robert Spencer By

Sign in to view read count
Wow! Karen Shane has a vibrant voice somewhat reminiscent of Phoebe Snow's, and just as richly evocative and maybe even more varied and expressive. On this delightful collection of thirteen jazzy tunes (including one original), she shows an impressive command of the jazz idiom and a wonderful ability to invest even the hoariest chestnuts (like "But Not for Me" and "All the Way") with originality and new zest. (Just listen to how she bends notes on "Warm and Willing"!) Backed with superb sensitivity by a trio led by the classy pianist Rick Della Ratta, she even tackles his signature "If I Only Had a Brain," on which Della Ratta alone often makes into his own personal Chet Baker tribute. Shane here goes him one better, continuing and furthering his slyly romantic approach to the tune with a full-bodied, open-hearted appeal.

The next track, "Slightly Out of Tune (Desafinado)," is another highlight. Shane's ringing tone brings out the beauty of Jobim's melody, and she is especially well set-off by the gentle bossa beat. Tenor man Billy Ross appears here but Della Ratta's fluid solo takes instrumental honors.

Karen Shane is a first-rate jazz singer who, by the sound of this disc, deserves all the success that may come to her.

Track listing: Better Than Anything / It's Anybody's Spring / Don't Misunderstand / A Man of My Own / But Not for Me / If I Only Had a Brain / Slightly Out of Tune (Desafinado) / Warm and Willing / A Little Song / Only You (No Se Tu) / Love is Here to Stay / All the Way / Be True to Your Heart

Personnel:

Shane, vcl; Rick Della Ratta, p; Harvie Swartz, b; Victor Jones, d; Billy Ross, ts, flt.

| Record Label: KSJazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Paul Motian Paul Motian
drums
Kirk Whalum Kirk Whalum
saxophone
Patti Wicks Patti Wicks
piano
Everette Harp Everette Harp
saxophone
Bob Brough Bob Brough
sax, tenor
Kevin Mahogany Kevin Mahogany
vocalist
Nate Birkey Nate Birkey
trumpet
Diane Marino Diane Marino
piano
Rebecca Kilgore Rebecca Kilgore
vocalist
Joe Louis Walker Joe Louis Walker
guitar, electric
Denise Donatelli Denise Donatelli
vocalist
Davis and Dow Davis and Dow
vocalist

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.