Kim Nalley, vocals; Dave Mathews, piano; Jeff Chambers, bass; Kent Bryson, drums.
Kim Nalley studied opera and names Bugs Bunny as her first musical influence. This unlikely combination seems to have worked. One has a feeling of a great emerging talent in this CD of only thirty-eight and a half minutes. Opening with "September in The Rain", we are offered an excellent selection of tunes, a mixture of standards and originals delivered with a lively clarity and some bite. On "At Last", the Mack Gordon/Harry Warren number, Kim wails exquisitely, sliding up to notes with fine glissando. "Nature Boy" is a good piece for the backing trio, Dave Mathews carries the improvisational line on the piano with great flair, and there is well-balanced sensitive support from Jeff Chambers on bass and drummer Kent Bryson. It is always a pleasure to hear a Boogie, and Kim's own piece, "Need my Sugar", is short and sweet; yet another chance for Dave Mathews to open out on the ivories. "I Was Telling Him About You", oozes sex appeal. Kim has excellent timing and a keen musical intelligence. She can give us sugar any time she wants to. This is a CD offering some fine sounds.
by Ferdinand Maylin
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