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This Thing Called Love by Kris Adams

Kris Adams is a very impressive young vocalist. The Boston-based artist issued her debut CD in late 1999 for Jazzbird and I was pleased to receive this copy recently. Kris has a pleasing attack and, like a sax player, often sings "around" the melody in a truly contemporary manner. Further, she has the ability to "talk" to the instrumentalists in the group in their terms. There are some wonderful interchanges with pianist Tim Ray and reed-man Greg Badolato.

The content of the session is a very nice mix of standards and jazz pieces by Bill Evans, Jobim, Brubeck and Gene Lees. The eleven tracks are well chosen and vary in mood and pace. To mention a few I really liked: In Her Own Sweet Way, Waltz for Debby, Lover, Indian Summer and the moody "Her Last Years" penned by Kris Adams and Rob Levit. Kris has performed with Paul Bley, Jimmy Giuffre and John LaPorta plus some PBS television specials. This album is well worth a listen and is far from "standard fare".

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kris Adams
  • CD Title: This Thing Called Love
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Jazzbird Records
  • Musicians: Kris Adams (vocals), Greg Badolato (saxes), Tim Ray (piano), Steve Prosser (piano) track nine, John Lockwood (bass), Jon Hazilla (drums), Jay Kennedy (percussion) track 11.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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