Plato the philosopher was known for his attacks on art. Karin Plato on the other hand does art, (in this instance jazz), a great favor with a fine approach to the vocal aspect of this genre. Miss Plato is always on pitch, her phrasing and intonation are silky smooth, and when you add superb articulation and texture and you have a polished, professional performer.
Plato sings the verse on almost every tune which serves to give the refrain even more renewable properties, she blends into the melody so skillfully that the song is given new meaning.
"Blue Room" both verses are sung and then this tune takes off like the Concorde. This piece swings like a performance of the Amazing Antonuccis trapeze act. Plato handles the speedy lyrics with ease...The drums are a bit rebarbitive and need a bit of smoothing out. Karin Plato is the nitro to the glycerin on this tune.
"Big Black Crow" an original composition by Plato is cleverly lyrical and sung as though there is a story once told in fact and re cast as an admonition in descant form. This song is interesting in both narrative and aesthetic expression
"The State Of Bliss" Another Plato original with stylish lyrics artfully done, bright and happy. This tune swings and moves and grooves to the max.
"Pennies From Heaven" Again the verse is sung, and in this case it is beautiful in its own right.....The melody emerges with a luxurious vocal treatment plus a lot of soul. This track really got my attention, it is sung with passion and grace. The Guitar of Bill Coon contributes a lovely solo. I think that this tune is the central adornment to a list of very fine compositions. Its beauty lies in its simplicity and masterful vocal expression by Karin Plato. I am duly impressed.