Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke's "Here's That Rainy Day" begins with a bass line from bassist Andrew Hall before pianist Vincent Jacqz joins in with fine support under Peggy's sultry statement weaving in and around the lyric as well as the band. Peggy's ability to not only carry the song but embrace it as well illustrate the flexibility within her given range. Jacqz's piano throughout is effective and wonderfully executed.
For some reason I can't understand, "When Sunny Gets Blue" has to be the most under recorded piece. It is such a haunting and touching gem sung by the right person. Peggy captivates the feelings and basic idea of the song very well. Pacing herself, and getting into the mood of the piece. Well done.
"This Can't Be Love" begins with some fine brush work from Stefan Schatz before Peggy introduces the lyric. A different arrangement from her mini CD version, Peggy and her band treat the piece with more of a mainstream feel to it. Wonderful version.
Randy Weston's "Hi Fly" a favorite for many Jazz musicians is played in a smooth mid tempo style with Peggy's knack of projecting the lyric and having fun with it would make Randy proud. Hats off to Peggy's fine group of musicians. Playing behind her with class and style.
This recording marks a departure for Peggy from her other recording. Her voice is more sultry, adventurous, and deeper. This should broaden her appeal with more listeners as she continues to fine tune her skills and gain wider recognition. Looking forward to her next release. May I suggest a live recording.