Nancy King: Stompin' at the Savoy
Stompin' At The Savoy
Nancy King (vocals)
Impending Bloom (Justice Records JR 0801)
Lawrence Williams (drums), Jerry Hahn (guitar), Rob Thomas (violin).
Composed by Benny Goodman, Edgar Samson, Andy Razaf, and Chick Webb.
Recorded: Houston, 1991
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Bugattis are scarce in the Kia-filled parking lot of current jazz vocalists, but Nancy King is that rare marquee. She possesses the four essential elements of a genuine jazz artist: a singular voice, skills to express that voice, subterranean knowledge of the art form, and expansive innovative tendencies. The Savoy has been stomped at by Armstrong to Connick and Ella to O’Day, yet Nancy’s model comes with her brand of wit, state-of-the-art handling of melody and lyric, and aerodynamic improvising from her and four perceptive players. An invigorating spin in a vintage vehicle: 0 to swingin’ in 2.5 seconds.
Reviewer: Marissa Dodge
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