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Kendra Shank: Reflections

Once upon a time, to be a jazz singer was to be supthin’ special. Nowadays, it’s all about striking generic poses, flossing diva attitudes and stylistic body snatching. There’s so many glorified R&B/pop gurls out here frontin’ just ’cause some marketing geeks/media hacks/Billboard charts big ’em up, that the art is devalued. Kendra Shank ain’t going out like that.

Ex-folk singer-guitarist, a decade of learning/working her craft in two-bit rooms from Seattle to Paris, debut album co-produced by Shirley Horn, ’99 Down Beat Int’l Critics Poll TDWR winner, mentored by Abbey Lincoln-sistah’s got papers, y’know? That said, Shank’s previous solo albums (Afterglow, Wish) never quite captured the quiet fire frisson, the ethereal gestalt of her live performances.

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