by Michael P. Gladstone
Toronto jazz singer Maureen Kennedy clearly owes a good part of her style to the cool femme vocalists of the 1950s and '60s. There's a lot of the vibrato-less vocal technique of singers like Helen Merrill and Irene Kral in her delivery, even though she doesn't particulary sound like either of them.
In addition to having a distinct jazz vocal style, Kennedy stands out on the basis of the song selection on this album, her debut. Half of ...read more