Diane Witherspoon has long impressed this writer as a singer who can swing at any tempo, inspiring her sidemen to play at their best. Her voice is attractive and she improvises well, but it is the feeling of swing that is most impressive. For this project, Ms Witherspoon recorded a set of standards in Nakano, Japan with the tasteful support of pianist Kei Shibata and bassist Hitoshi Tanabe. "Almost Like Being In Love" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" cook; "Sugar" and "Cry Me A River" are quite soulful, and other highlights include "Bye, Bye Blackbird", "Quiet Nights" and "Afro Blue". All in all, this is one of Diane Witherspoon's strongest recordings to date and even though most of the material is familiar, these versions are largely memorable and quite fun. "The Very Thought Of You" is highly recommended.
Reviewed by Scott Yanow
Jazz vocalist Diane Witherspoon has a soulful, personal sound that borrows elements of gospel and blues. After touring internationally for many years, she released her 1999 album "You May Never Know " on Koch Records.
Reviewed by Heather Phares
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