Friday, March 16, 2012

Anne Walsh, "Go"

Anne Walsh has one beautiful voice. It has a ringing clarion sort of projection and tons of nuance. On her recent album Go (self-released) pianist Thomas Zink does the arrangements. They sparkle and set off Ms. Walsh's wundervoice. The lyrics-added version of Wayne Shorter's "Go" is a cut to listen to first if you want to be floored. Gary Meek plays some nice soprano there and elsewhere, but more than that, to hear "Go" sung this way is to believe.

There are lots of good song vehicles, some not often heard, some I don't even know, and then some originals. The closing cut is Anne's own "Spring's Unfold" and it is a beauty. Since it seems at last to be spring here in this part of the Western Hemisphere, it is a song that puts it all together.

All together is what this album is. Wow. It made me an Anne Walsh FAN!

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