Kama Ruby: Rock Dreams in JazzBy Track review of "Nature Boy"
This is not your parent's Nat King Cole "Nature Boy." This is a Samuel Taylor Coleridge opium dream setting for Eden Ahbez' warhorse composition. Jeff Rosburgh provides an airy cushion with an electric piano, a cushion exacerbated by Mark Meyer's breathy clarinet. Ruby's delivery measured and languid, like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz singing cabaret in the "pirate city" of Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine (Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977)). Her voice is seductive and beguiling, stealing the show in the piece. Her "Embraceable You" is as out-of-this-world also.
Kama Ruby: vocals; Jeff Rosburgh: piano; Glen Fong: bass; Mark Meyer: clarinet.
Title: Rock Dreams in Jazz | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Self Produced
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Kama Ruby CD/LP/Track Review C. Michael Bailey Kari-On Productions Self Produced United States California Nat King Cole Rock Dreams in Jazz