Vocals, Sendy Brown; Piano and keyboard, Glenn Douglas; bass, Michael Bowie, James King, Walter Cosby; drums, Nasar Abadey, Jeffrey Neal, Aaron Walker; trumpet, Tom Williams; Congas, Kwesi Brown.
A debut CD for singer Sendy Brown, presenting a set of standards with a warm, vulnerable sound that is always enchanting. Sendy started singing in her Father's church in Jersey City, NJ., at age eleven, a featured soloist at church concerts. There is something tempting in her voice; Thelonius Monk's " 'Round Midnight" and Hoagy Charmichael's "Skylark", touches a personal ache that can linger. There is a stillness about her that makes her voice sound precious and resonant, "My One and Only Love", is an example. "Fine and Mellow" has a mean trumpet, but Ms. Brown, although letting her hair down on this one sounds far too nice to be 'treated mean'; a great number though. Indeed Tom Williams on trumpet has some splendid input throughout the CD; and the piano and keyboard of Glen Douglas is ever present in support. Finishing on an upbeat "In a Sentimental Mood", with the congas of Kwesi Brown, shows she has plenty of styles under her bonnet. Sendy Brown is an experience worth listening to; a fine singer.
by Ferdinand Maylin
New Sounds - August 2004
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