This is a very cool piece of work. Producer Joel Dorn matched vocalist Janis Siegel with an organ/tenor group and made magic.
This is a very cool piece of work. Producer Joel Dorn matched vocalist Janis Siegel with an organ/tenor group and made magic. Hammond B3 boss Joey DeFrancesco handles the keyboard chores, and Houston Person plays tenor sax. Guitarists Russell Malone and Peter Bernstein and drummer Buddy Williams round out the quintet. DeFrancesco and Person rule the groove, and Siegel's vocals are inspired. The optimal word here is swing: Friday Night Special swings effortlessly, relentlessly, and Siegel seems thoroughly in-the-pocket on every track. Make a point to listen to her luscious renderings of "My How the Time Goes By" and "Misty." She achieves maximum cool on "There's a Small Hotel" and "My Love Is/My Babe." Siegel slips into the cozy jazz vibe pioneered by cats like Jimmy Smith and gives it a bracing update.—PVV