My introduction to the songs of Karen Shane is a most welcome experience. Karen has a pure jazz voice and beckons the listener into a sense of feeling "very much at home". There is a great presence to her sincere performances. A legal secretary, Karen finds time to satisfy her cravings to perform with her quartet composed of Rick DellaRatta- piano, Harvie Swartz- bass, Victor Jones-drums and Billy Ross on flute and tenor sax. Her rendition of the Burke/Van Heusen "It's Anybody's Spring" is a stunner. Another outstanding performance of a little known tune is "Warm and Willing" penned by Jimmy McHugh and Ray Livingston. Great!! Rick DellaRatta's piano just shines on this song too. Being a bit of a nostalgia nut, I have to mention that Karen Shane's cousin is none other than Ruth Wallis who was well known in the 1950's for her risque songs. Who can forget "The Admiral's Dinghy"? This is a fine CD and should bring Karen a few jazz festival invitations. There are 13 well chosen compositions. Go get 'em Karen!