Libby York
Blue Gardenia
Southport S-SSD 0064

Anyplace I Hang My Hat Is Home
It Might As Well Be Spring
Where Do You Start
Old Cape Cod
Almost Like Being In Love
Blue Gardenia
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
Out Of This World
You Could Be Fred

Libby York, vocal; Bobby Schiff, piano; Jim Cox, bass; Phil Gratteau, drums; Frank Portolese, guitar

Laidback! Cool! Call it what you will, this well rounded recording is a delight throughout. The first track with Libby's smoky voice accompanied only by guitarist Frank Portolese puts one in mind of Julie London's "Cry me a river" and as the track continues elements of Peggy Lee's "Don't Smoke in Bed" enter into the atmosphere. There are gentle swingers too, as well as a debut for a cute original composition by Jackie Allen "You could be Fred" which winds up a knock-out first recording for Libby and her accomplished backing team.

Any new ventures by this tender vocalist should be sought out immediately, meanwhile have a taste of the exceptional talent on this current CD.

by Al Merritt
UK Jazz
London, England

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