Pat Bowie

Out of Sight!/Feelin' Good!

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This Jazz Beat two-fer compiles Pat Bowie's two mid-'60s dates for Prestige, the only albums she ever recorded. While the style and scope of Out of Sight positions the singer as a jazz act, her vocals boast a soulful edge that plainly suggests the influence of rhythm & blues; if anything, the album fails to properly exploit the full extent of Bowie's talents, relying too much on familiar ballads and standards instead of more contemporary and complementary material. That being said, this is still a lovely record, with nuanced small-combo backing from guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Ray Bryant, and tenor saxophonist Seldon Powell buoying Bowie's lithe interpretations of songs like Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love?" and "Get Out of Town." Like its predecessor, Feelin' Good saddles Bowie with a collection of predictable standards that compromise the singer's distinctly modern and hip approach. Unlike its predecessor, the session features contributions from altoist Charles McPherson, one of his few dates in support of a vocalist. McPherson's rich solos ripple below the lyrics, caressing the contours of Bowie's voice, while pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Al Hall, and drummer Osie Johnson further underscore the set's moody, spacious approach, updating chestnuts like "Summertime" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me" with style and sophistication.

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