Nancy Kelly: Stormy Weather


Stormy Weather


Nancy Kelly (vocals)


Singin' & Swingin' (Amherst AMH 4421-2)

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Nancy Kelly (vocals),

Jeff Jarvis (trumpet), Bobby Militello, Joe Carello (saxes), Brian Murphy (vibes), Bobby Jones, John Nyerges, Dino Losito (keyboards), Steve Brown (guitar), Danny D’Imperio (drums)


Composed by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler


Recorded: Buffalo, NY, 1997


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Who knew? "Stormy Weather" in Buffalo! Resisting the temptation to deconstruct and recompose a 64- year-old standard, Nancy Kelly meets it on its own terms. Admittedly, such plantation-era lines as "can’t get my poor self together" and "my man and I ain’t together"—already antiquated when introduced at the Cotton Club in 1933—pose a special challenge for a modern-day white woman. But Kelly's extra touches, such as a bluesy "gloom and misery everywhere," the quietly emphatic redundancy of "myself, my poor self," or bouncy "Baby, don't you know I can’t go on," legitimize an utterly convincing performance. Lake- effective platinum-blonde soul.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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