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Strong jazzsoul songs and intimate lyrics on Robin McKelle's - Melodic Canvas / MAKING A SCENE

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Robin McKelle debuted as a big band jazz singer twelve years ago and has since tried blues, pop rock and smatterings of soul and gospel. Melodic Canvas marks her return to jazz, this time in a small ensemble. This is McKelle's album – she wrote six of the ten tunes, did most of the arrangements, and produced the project. Apart from the rich, textured music, McKelle takes on some social commentary, writes intimate lyrics, and without being too overt, spurs us to a considerate call to action.

This is not the straight ahead jazz that you'll hear from Diana Krall, Lyn Stanley or other great American Songbook singers.  It's a bit off center as her term "jazz soul" (not to be confused with soul jazz) indicates. No matter what, she has some strong songs here and the musicianship is superb.

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