Ilona Knopfler

Some Kind of Wonderful

Mack Avenue Records Mac 1010

Ilona Knopfler, vocals; Eugene Maslov, piano; Skeeto Valez, drums; Dave Carpenter, bass; Pat Kelley, guitar; Bill Armstrong, trumpet; and Lenny Castro, percussion.

Ilona Knopfler was born in Paris, grew up in Hong Kong and now splits her time between Paris and Atlanta, Georgia. Her parents were touring musicians who obviously nurtured the talent displayed by this fine young vocalist.

The title cut Some Kind of Wonderful is a bluesy execution on which Knopfler swings with easy effort. "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" is a lovely ballad exquisitely interpreted by Knopfler. On the George Harrison composition, "Something," her rendering is soft and sweet. Knopfler also covers the Van Morrison composition "Moondance" and the Burt Bacharach/Hal David tune "Alfie." On "River Man," Knopfler displays a good command of folk-infused vocal style.

The CD represents an impressive introduction to a gifted artist who possesses a luscious voice.

by Dorothy Hill

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