Marie and her trio flex their muscles over some inspired song selections and crafty arrangements. Marie scats hard on "It Might As Well Be Spring" and swings with the band on the album opener "’Deed I Do." A subtle reading of "I Loves You Porgy" works with wonderful interplay between Marie and pianist John Toomey; and the Marie-penned compositions "Shelter In Your Arms" and "Paris On Ponce" could someday go down as standards for young up-and-coming vocalists.
The centerpiece of the album is an emotionally charged ten-minute coupling of Ravel’s "Bolero" with Leonard Cohen’s "Suzanne." Set over a military cadence by drummer Howard Curtis, "Bolero/Suzanne" is a transcendent, fearless performance that sends Marie into the rarified air of modern contemporaries as Cassandra Wilson and Patricia Barber.