This really fine, thoroughly indie blues project delivers an uptown sound that we simply don't hear enough of today.

This really fine, thoroughly indie blues project delivers an uptown sound that we simply don't hear enough of today. Lead vocalist Mary Cohn has a delightfully polished sense of swing and a knack for turning a lyrical phrase in just the right way. Indeed, Cohn is one sophisticated lady at the microphone. While she commands a smokey cabaret blues sound like few of her peers—witness "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"—she can also tear it up ("Rock This House"), as well as slip into something more sultry ("High Temperature"). Cohn's bandmates, led by pianist/sax man Dave Youngman, are also on top of it. Youngman and guitarist Alan Heckle solo with terrific verve, and the Steve Boletchek/Buster Quin rhythm section is a groove duo. Because blues with this much conviction doesn't happen along every day, it deserves to be heard sooner, not later. Contact 919-876-3219.—PVV