Rebecca Martin will be the first to insist she’s not a jazz singer, or a folk singer, or a pop singer, or any hyphenated combination thereof. She’s just a singer, and a songwriter, and on both counts, a damn fine one. Martin opens The Growing Season, her second consecutive collection of original material, with a coy number called “The Space in a Song to Think,” a gentle poke at listeners and critics who tend to over-interpret a lyricist’s intent. Then, in the company of three exemplary players-guitarist and keyboardist Kurt Rosenwinkel (who also produced the album), drummer Brian Blade and Martin’s husband, bassist Larry Grenadier-she settles into a soft, easy groove to emphasize the joy and beauty of expressionistic simplicity as she explores such fundamental themes as truth, honesty, the safety of home, the protective cocoon of family and the innocence of childhood.
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