Twana Rhodes

Thru the Night

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Although released by the German record company Nagel Heyer, a label best known for its small-group swing recordings, Twana Rhodes' Thru the Night is outside of jazz. Light R&B grooves back the appealing, attractive and heartfelt vocals of Rhodes, who often has a pleading tone in her voice. She wrote all but two of the songs and her pop lyrics, which often deal with various aspects of love, are superior and reasonably creative. The music is mostly unclassifiable, being a bit pop, a bit folk and a lot R&B; think of it as the pop side of Dianne Reeves. Felix Wahnshuffle's saxes add a slight jazz touch to a few of the numbers but Thru the Night is most highly recommended to the singer/songwriter audience, who will find her music well-worth discovering.

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