Those who appreciate radical, left of center jazz singers such as Betty Carter and Ann Dyer should also make a point of hearing Lynn Book, who takes more than her share of chances on the very avant-garde Strange Familiar. This CD finds the obscure vocalist fluctuating between eccentric, wordless improvisations and equally bizarre songs with lyrics, both of which use space extensively and are greatly influenced by the innovations of Chicago's AACM. In fact, one of the players joining Book is bassist Tatsu Aoki, a Windy City resident who has been an active AACM member. The singer can be overly self-indulgent at times, but like Dyer, she's musical enough to get away with it. To be sure, music this "out there" isn't for everyone -- bop hardliners who think that every jazz singer who comes along should be yet another Sarah Vaughan clone would do well to look elsewhere. But lovers of AACM-influenced jazz will find a lot to admire about this album, which indicated that if Anthony Braxton or Roscoe Mitchell needed a singer, Book would be an excellent choice.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson