Steve & Iqua Colson

Hope for Love

Silver Sphinx SS 12402

Adegoke Steve Colson, piano; Iqua Colson, voice; T. K. Blue, soprano & alto saxophone; Andy McCloud, bass; Reggie Nicholson, drums

Husband and wife Steve and Iqua Colson cut their first disc in a quarter of a century with Hope For Love. Iqua has a rich singing voice, clearly evident in the opening title track. With the exception of the collaboration track between Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington "Drop Me Off In Harlem" and "Regina's Lament" by Baikida Carroll all pieces are by Steve Colson, with "Picante" co-written with Iqua. She has a lot to do in this Latin number, scatting and singing with aplomb and T. K. Blue interprets a lively solo on soprano. The quartet swings well; there are two instrumental pieces, "Twist Of Lime" offering sound drumming, good alto work from T. K. Blue, nifty bass work from Andy McCloud and a pointed piano contribution from Steve. "South Of The Border", another Latin number, bounces along in a fresh style. "Regina's Lament" is a heavy piece with Iqua supported by piano and bass, singing richly of pregnancy and abandonment ­ nevertheless, a nicely placed CD.

by Ferdinand Maylin