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Blues People

by Kim Nalley

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Summertime 06:00
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Movin' On Up 06:58
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Jazz Weekly review:

Vocalist Kim Nalley sings with a vengeance on this collection of songs that touch on many of the various aspects of the blues. The team of Tammy Hall/p-org, Greg Skaff/g, Michael Zisman/b, Kent Bryson/dr and Bryan Dyer/voc is mixed and matched on songs that are going to rattle your previous reference points of songs you’re familiar with. She teams with Hall and a wildly free and passionate “Summertime” and then goes to the TV theme from The Jefferson’s for a swaying gospel read of “Movin’ On Up.” She gets into an R&B groove on “Big Hooded Black Man” with Hall’s B3, and with the piano trio pleads with vulnerability on “Sunday Kind of Love.” She gets preachy with Zisman’s bass on the funky “Listen Here/Cold Duck/Compared To What” and goes to the marrow of the blackchurch on a testifying “Amazing Grace.” She grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go for these 14 tunes. You aren’t going to forget this one!

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released April 22, 2020

Tammy Hall-piano & B3 Organ
Greg Skaff-guitar
Michael Zismans- bass
Kent Bryson-drums
Kim Nalley- vocals, producer
Joel Jaffe -producer
Bryan Dyer- background vocals
R. Black- Art & Design

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Kim Nalley San Francisco, California

Awarded "Most Influential African American in the Bay Area" in 2005 and "Best Jazz Group" in 2013, vocalist Kim Nalley was discovered by Michael Tilson Thomas singing to packed audiences live with no amplification. and then invited her to sing with the San Francisco Symphony. She was shortlisted by Downbeat Critics Poll in 2017 as a "Rising Star." ... more

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