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Album Review

Carmen Lundy's voice is one of the very best in jazz, and has always been an integral part of the backing bands she works with. In what may be an unprecedented format for a jazz singer, this is a solo project in every sense, as she wrote and performed everything, save a modified version of "America the Beautiful." One gets the airy and diffuse feeling of this album from the beginning, at times drifting or approximated, at others assured and even stoic in her resolve to do this all on her own. There are themes borrowed and assimilated, but it seems more like extrapolations than interpretations. Lundy is unique, if not all that original here, where in previous performances she's been much more of a pioneer than carrying on in whatever jazz vocal tradition. This recording tends toward that derived sound, with pop, Brazilian, and more commercial leanings rather than jazz. Still Lundy's penchant for improvising is softly rendered on the most tuneful blues "Lay Low" where she picks up an acoustic guitar, or in the easy waltz of "Without Your Love," her most pronounced effort. There's a party tune, a shimmering requiem, and even spacy music, all atypical of what Lundy's fans might expect. More what it is not compared to her previous recordings, Lundy has made a bold move here, even if it largely isn't as successful. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

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My Favorite Jazz Vocalist.......... In The World

Anything that the "GREAT" Carmen Lundy lends her vocals to brings magic to my heart. Her warm and emotional voice is like no other. She is probably one of the most underrated jazz vocalist in the world. More of a reason to love her more.


Born: November 1, 1954 in Miami, FL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The sister of bassist Curtis Lundy, Carmen is a talented singer who is also a composer (writing a good portion of her repertoire), actor, and painter. After studying at Miami University, she moved to New York in 1978, where she worked with Ray Barretto and formed her own trio in 1980, using such pianists as John Hicks and Onaje Gumbs. Lundy recorded for Blackhawk (1987) and Sony (1988) and appeared in the plays Sophisticated Ladies and They Were All Gardenias, portraying Billie Holiday in the latter....
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