Lorraine Fielder

Feelin' Free

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Lorraine Fielder is a fine singer whose voice sounds a bit like Betty Carter, although her improvising style is more straightforward. She gets into the lyrics of the songs and swings lightly, while giving the words plenty of emotion. Her recording has many interesting moments, including her version of "Sesame Street," her own "Feelin' Free," and a variety of standards, highlighted by "Days of Wine and Roses," "When Sunny Gets Blue," and two version of "How High the Moon." Fielder is assisted along the way by her husband, Dale Fielder (on alto and tenor), trumpeter Dan Bagasoul, the excellent pianist John Rangel, and a high-quality rhythm section. This set by the L.A.-based Fielder is a sleeper and is easily recommended.

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