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Reviews: Jane Blackstone ~ Natural Habitat NYC
Posted on Thursday, August 08, 2002 @ 23:27:34 UTC
Topic: Reviews

Artist: Jane Blackstone

CD: Natural Habitat NYC (Motief Records)

Home: New York City

Style: Jazz

Quote: "Blackstone's voice can easily hold its own with the best of them".

By Suzanne Glass

Jane Blackstone's CD, Natural Habitat NYC, paints her vocal versatility against a backdrop of talented jazz musicians, including Sir Roland Hanna's piano on 2 tracks. Blackstone assembled a "wish list" of current and former NYC musician peers to help her record the CD, on which she hoped to capture the many influences she has gained as a jazz musician and educator who has traveled the world exploring different musical cultures.

My favorite tracks on this CD were the two songs Blackstone wrote herself (Room for Everybody and Once 4U), as appeased to any of the standards or other material on the disc. The reason why is, I think she finds her own true voice best when presenting her own material. Although she sounds great on all the songs, the timing and interpretation on her original songs showcases her voice superbly. I'd like to see her contribute more songs on the next CD, including some strong choruses to really showcase her voice.

Of the other tunes, I thought "Mystics", which was written and arranged by sax player Bob Mover, was a fun mix. Other standouts include Rainbow I See In Your Eyes, Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea, and the last cut, Nothing Like You/Sometimes I'm Happy.

There's some great performances on this disc, and Blackstone's voice can easily hold its own with the best of them. She has absorbed pieces of her many influences - including Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter, and Nina Simone - yet somehow I think her own voice is just beginning to emerge.

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