Multi-tasking is an aptitude often avoided by many for it involves a trained mind and a driven vision that one cannot just initiate. it’s a talent that becomes nurtured through time, as in the case of one very professional Kathleen Willison, whose angelically toned vocals offers promise to what already is a craft beyond most. This is what the jazz fandom yearn and dream for, a new generation of jazz maestros made available to us seekers of the craft, led by such talents as the above mentioned Ms. Willison.
Ms. Willison along with Basho Records has let loose that craft under the wrapper of new release "Close To You." A very poignant yet dynamic exercise in jazz vocals. One will detect the strong range of Ms. Willison at the same time her delicate pitch, acted upon with defined execution.
Another entity which makes this a very intriguing effort is the fine presentation of Tim Whitehead on tenor sax, well known and highly developed in the art of his tool. On keyboards, Gwilym Simcock offers a generous staging of talent that streams through each arrangement. The listener will embrace the combined efforts of all on such cuts as "Watch What Happens" and "A House Is Not A Home."
"Close To You" has all the warmth and heart of newborn romance. The vocals spill out with emotion as Ms Willison detonates her talents of range and in some cases, composing, to capture the moment the piece warrants. Young but only in years she encompasses an old world jazz appeal, that makes her offerings all that much more sought.
Capture a moment as you seize this well sculpted effort in your collection, allowing the sounds to run free as you spin this untarnished gem of jazz.