US - New York - Full Moon 178 - 03/19/11
With Every Breath I Take
Kathryn Smith's debut album has some classy versions of jazz standards and some unexpected songs. She sings, "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and imbues it with a graceful longing to match the peerless backing. "My Attorney Bernie" gets a light, dreamy reading that brings out hidden depths to the song. Joni Mitchell's "Urge for Going" gets a reading that brings out its folksy roots. Smith's vocal is delicate and has a beauty all its own.
"Nothing Beats the Memories" is a song by Smith's producer and it's a light bossa that she handles well. It's a strong debut all told.
Copyright © 2011 Anna Maria Stjärnell