Nora McCarthy: The Shadow of Your Smile


The Shadow of Your Smile


Nora McCarthy (vocals)


Circle Completing

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Nora McCarthy (vocals),

John DiMartino (piano)


Composed by Johnny Mandel


Recorded: New York, July 2007-March 2008


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

"The Shadow of Your Smile" is the best cut on this album from songstress Nora McCarthy. Accompanied ably by pianist John DiMartino, McCarthy presents a collection of standards and self-penned numbers. The well-regarded McCarthy is not a jazz singer in the traditional sense. Rather she is a balladeer who veers toward jazz interpretation, as on this cut, where she offers up an expressive slow scat section. You can hear this woman's life in her voice, cracks and all. That's what life is about. Music is communication. You don't need to be Jenny Lind (the 19th-century "Swedish Nightingale") to get your point across. After listening to Nora McCarthy, you sense that you know her. I don't think we could ask more of any artist.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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