Nashville-based singer Shane Kelly has chosen a song program of classic pop and jazz standards for her first album. Just as important, she benefits from exceptional arrangements by Jeffrey Chin and Melecio Magdaluyo and the support of first-rate jazz musicians. Kelly sets herself up in a variety of settings. Piano and strings are present for well-expressed ballad accounts of "It Never Entered My Mind" and "But Beautiful" which contrast with swinging, horn-supported renditions of "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" and "Come By Sunday." Kelly has been working the boards for quite a while and this is reflected in her mature voice and experience that allows her to shape each tune to bring out the best of what the composers had in mind, as well as to underscore the strengths of her interpretive qualities, which are significant. Kelly's basic instincts and natural talents hold up well. She does not have to engage in vocal pyrotechnics nor gimmickry to put herself across. Working with just Chin's piano, she delivers a poignant, yearning version of "My Foolish Heart," which compares well with some of the more famous characterizations of this tune such as by Carol Sloane, Carmen McRae, and Margaret Whiting. By the time this album comes to an end, it will have left the listener with a gratifying sensation of well-being, having been the beneficiary of more than 46 minutes of good music delivered by a talented, no-nonsense singer like another famous Nashville singer, Dinah Shore.
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