Ms Colson’s vocalizations might spark remembrances of the late, great Betty Carter, as she possesses a full-bodied tone, awash with passion and glee. Saxophonist T.K. Blue often accents the vocalist’s lyrically rich attack, while everyone receives ample soloing spots. But it’s not a hard-edged blowing session. The musicians work thru various colorations atop Latin pulses, medium-tempo swing vamps, a jazz waltz and intermittent doses of the blues. All within a modern jazz based setting. Moreover, Steve Colson conveys a physical approach to the piano, often tempered by spacious chord voicings and a penchant for re-phrasing a given melody.
Ms Colson’s balladry on "Regina’s Lament," is marked by a robust and warmhearted delivery. Essentially, she provides a wide-spectrum of sound in concert with the musicians’ complementary support. At the end of the day, the music presented here, serves as an uplifting testament to the human spirit. (Strongly recommended.... )