Cynthia Felton’s four-octave range and keen jazz instincts could easily sustain a solid recording career. But she is far too intrepid and dexterous a musical explorer to restrict her role to mere vocal brilliance. Felton’s previous albums navigated the Oscar Brown Jr. and Duke Ellington songbooks. For her third session as leader, she widens her net, mixing Tin Pan Alley classics and sturdy jazz standards with an unexpected surprise or two, including Deee-Lite’s “My Love Is” re-imagined as a mid-tempo swinger and Mingus’ “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love” rendered as a contented reverie.
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