Vicki Doney is a talented singer who probably hasn't gotten a lot of exposure in the media, but that's only because her CD is on the small Pacific St. label, which is owned by her pianist (and husband) Eric Doney, who also arranged and produced this release. They had a host of friends available to share a great time in their studio, including Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, and Will Lee, as well as others deserving of wider exposure such as tenor saxophonist Tom Hamilton and flügelhornist and trumpeter Ken Brader. Although Pacific St. is primarily a jazz label, this session is a spirited mix of blues, pop, and jazz. Her soulful vocals are backed by a large ensemble in a fun-filled take of "Muddy Water," while she's just as potent on a slow blues ballad like "Save Your Love for Me," which is accented by Woods' matchless alto sax. She also ventures into standards, accompanied by her husband and Woods during a delicate interpretation of the gorgeous ballad "Never, Neverland" (from the musical Peter Pan) and a inspired take of "Somewhere" (from West Side Story). Vicki and Eric Doney are by themselves for a romp through "Trouble in Mind." Her vocal duet with Bob Dorough in the original "Freak of the Week" is an absolute laugh riot. This delightful CD is available from www.pacificstrecords.com.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden