Nice Work If You Can Get It; Portrait (Zingaro); The Shining Sea; Summer Song; The Meaning Of The Blues; You've Changed/The Masquerade Is Over; Look For The Silver Lining; Bittersweet; Love With The Proper Stranger; Detour Ahead; Moon & Sand; You're Nearer (63.00)
Nancy Marano vocals, piano; Rob von Bavel, piano; Hans Van Oosterhout, drums; Marius Beets, bass; Maarten van der Grinten, guita; Ilja Reijngoud, trombone; Angelo Verploegen, flugelhorn
Munich Records BMCD 427 November 2003, Hilversum,Holland
Ms Marano has certainly got the ingredients right for this new release. The songs are varied in mood and style, allowing Nancy to use the full range of her versatile voice.
The musicians are really terrific, with pianist Bavel proving an ideal partner, giving the support every singer needs as well as showing a neat Jazz style. The rest of the group is more than supportive, in fact Ilja and Angelo almost steal the show with their slick contributions. This is a very varied and entertaining collection of moods and tempos, showcasing the wide range of Nancy's abilities.
by Al Merritt
New Sounds - August 2004
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