Vanessa Davis has been a Chicago favorite since 1978, which is when the aspiring singer joined forces with a group formerly known as The Blues Twisters. After establishing themselves on the local circuit, they formed their own Spectra label in 1981 to release a sultry version of Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "One Kiss." By the time they cut Fast Forward, their 1984 debut album, the band was moving away from swinging jump-blues to concentrate on originals. Their 1990 release, One Heart, is even more of a departure, Davis singing movingly of her own life, with rock-oriented support from her veteran band (including Dick Vonachen on guitar and saxophonist Doug Cannon).
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