Grace Kelly

Every Road I Walked

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Listening to this CD, one will be impressed by Grace Kelly's mature alto solos (which hint at Phil Woods and Jackie McLean while also being influenced by Charlie Parker), her youthful vocals (even if she sings a little more than she should), and her pop-oriented compositions. Also impressive are the testimonials in the liner notes by Woods, Jimmy Heath, Lee Konitz, Donald Brown, Cedar Walton, and Jerry Bergonzi. The punch line: Grace Kelly is 14. Most of her contemporaries rightfully sound like teenagers but she could pass for 24 in her playing, making one look forward to her future recordings after she continues to evolve and grow. This is an impressive beginning.

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