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Shades of Blue by Francine Reed

Francine Reed will be known to many listeners as Lyle Lovett’s duet and background singer. Born in Chicago and now based in Atlanta, Francine really lets it all hang out on this solo session. The singer stayed away from recording for many years while caring for her children. Now the kids are grown and on their own, allowing Francine the chance to show the world what it’s been missing.

This a most gifted singer who exhibits a great talent with one foot in jazz and the other deeply in the blues. On "Shades of Blue," Francine entertains with ten great songs including three written by Brenda Burns. The Brenda Burns composition "When Love Was New" opens with a harmonica solo by Jeff Baker and Francine jumps in with a heartfelt vocal treatment of a great song.

Ms. Reed sings softly when the tune requires a gentle treatment as in "The Man That Got Away" but then turns into a really gutsy blues shouter on "I'm a Handful" and "455 Rocket." If these great tracks don't get your feet movin’, you better consult with your local mortician. Give this a listen - open your ears to a fine new talent!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Francine Reed
  • CD Title: Shades of Blue
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Platinum
  • Musicians: Francine Reed - vocals; Jerry Lambert - piano; Mike Kelly - guitar; Rodney Jordan - bass; Keith Runfola - drums. Other soloists: Rick Bell - sax; Jeff Baker - harmonica; Eric Struthers - guitar on track 7.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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