Nancy Kelly: Stormy Weather

Track

Stormy Weather

Artist

Nancy Kelly (vocals)

CD

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

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Musicians:

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)

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Composed by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler

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Recorded: Buffalo, NY, 1997

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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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