The Star of any Season
Karen Johns & Company - Star and Season
Similar to the variation in New England seasons, Karen Johns is equal in the moods that swing from her new, self-released CD, Star and Season. Partnered in life and song with husband James, Ms. Johns and Company has spun a collection of meticulous jazz confections, which delve into a much deserving catalogue of music sheets.
Ms. Johns performance portrays numerous dimensions, which are felt on this disc. She captures the lounge seductress within a smoke-filled room with the cut "Night and Day," and then is off in an elegant show tune-esque sway with "China Town," both alluring with a unique stage appeal.
I take pleasure in the attitudes of her eclectic voice, a dynamic real time experiment in performance. The lady has authoritative range with her vocals.... Ms. Johns' execution of arrangements can be compared to notes vying for her affection, with the result actually being, the affection becoming ours.
The spice of the disc bulks up a bold behavior, with the horn-heavy spin "Carry Me Away," a cool yet brazen Ms. Johns is unleashed for an uplifting feel of loveliness... Note a bit of her scat side flexing its muscles!
Star and Season is a compelling disc, one that makes the audience brace themselves. You are drawn to its romantic pitch and pulse, yet the task of defining the artist is indefinably original. The line-up on stage with her, along with guitarist-husband James, in most cases matches her talent precisely. Star and Season has that "chart presence" promise.
One thing I can assure you of, the star for any season is present on every spin!