by Jack Bowers
There may be better Jazz singers than Nancy Marano (that’s wholly subjective), but there aren’t many who are better equipped (that’s a fact). Marano has a perfectly lovely voice and knows how to use it, as she shows time and again on If You Could See Us Now! It’s enormously helpful, of course, to have wonderful arrangements by the late Manny Albam performed by the world–class Netherlands Metropole Orchestra, a circumstance that Marano says consummates the dream of a lifetime. ...read more
by Dave Nathan
Nancy Marano taps the best of both West and East players for her latest album. The West Coast contingent is led by the inestimable and undervalued Mile Melvoin. For the session 3,000 miles to the East, another under recognized pianist, Michael Abene takes the lead. Marano takes is on piano for two of the tunes.
Marano is a member of that distinguished group of distaff vocalists who are legitimate heiresses to Ella, Sarah, Jeri, Billie, Carmen, June, Julie and Jo, ...read more