Borla is another case of talent deserving wider recognition. She heads the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp each summer at Illinois Benedictine College. As demonstrated by this album, she is adept at using her voice like an ensemble instrument as well as singing standards. Bill Evans’ “Five” kicks off the album, an angular melody that Borla sings as naturally as Monk’s more fluent “‘Round Midnight,” which comes later in the program. Her haunting wordless lead on Coltrane’s “Naima” is particularly effective, as is her spirited, Flora Purim-like take-off on John Abercrombie’s “Arcade.”
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