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A vocalist of many vocals, Kate McGarry can change her tone and timbre at will, dictated by what the song requires. Compare the tight coquettish trill of "Show Me" with the alto elastic sexuality of "Gypsy in My Soul." Then compare that with the sleek, deep purr or "Moon and Sand." McGarry is quite handy at setting a mood with her tonal bag of tricks.
"The Thrill is Gone" is a Peggy Lee-Anita O'Day vamp sliding over Steve Cardenas' guitar and Karen Hammack's strolling piano. Perhaps the best song on the disc is "East of the Sun, West of the Moon." McGarry sings this over Scott Colley's capable bass and Kenny Wolleson's post bop drumming. She scats like a dream with out caricature.
is a serious debut and should be considered as such by listeners. McGarry's carefully crafted approach and dense professionalism offers a very welcome change from a great deal of jazz vocal outings heard this year. I hope to hear much more from her in the future.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.