Annette Lowman is a soulful American singer who moved to Paris in 1983 and relocated to Holland a decade later. She sounds in top form throughout this set of standards. The emphasis is on slow-to-medium tempoes and Lowman's expressive interpretations of lyrics although she is excellent in her scatting during a cooking "Surrey with a Fringe on Top." Tenor-saxophonist Stanley Turrentine makes two memorable appearances ("In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" and "I've Got It Bad") which make one wish that he accompanied singers more often. Altoist Maceo Parker (in his Hank Crawford bag) is fine during his three camoes and Dick Oatts's soprano helps out on "Afro Blue." In general the singing is fine although Lowman does go over the top on an overly dramatic "Lonely Woman." Her duet with guitarist Rodney Jones on "Lush Life" is a highlight as is her versions of "Today I Sing the Blues" and "Russian Lullaby." This CD is a superior introduction to Annette Lowman's talents.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow