Sara Jones (with The Young Brothers): Skylark
The Young Brothers (featuring Sara Jones)
Tales of Time (The Young Brothers 700261203119)
Sara Jones (vocals),
Tim Young (piano), Alphonso Young, Jr. (drums).
Composed by Hoagy Carmichael.
Recorded: CD released in 2007
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Here is another gem from the bins of the self-produced. This disk is even out of stock at CD Baby, so you know it won't be easy to find. But thank heavens for (legal) downloads. Jones was first place winner of the 2004 Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, and it's easy to hear why. She has great intonation, impeccable phrasing and sings with deep feeling. She is helped along by Tim Young's smart and sensitive piano work —his comping shows a great knack for reharmonization. Some singers might be thrown off their game by all the intricate passing chords he tosses out, but Jones is not to be deterred. She grabs hold of this song's inner life and makes it her own. Many celebrated vocalists have tackled "Skylark" over the decades, but Jones can withstand comparisons with these past masters. A talent this large deserves a bigger stage.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
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