Rebecca Kilgore

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Although Rebecca Kilgore gets first billing, she actually only has vocals on eight of the 15 selections. This is a very enjoyable set featuring the two brilliant stride pianists John Sheridan and Jeff Barnhart, matching wits and complementing each other well on a variety of hot swing tunes and ballads. The instrumentals include such spirited numbers as "Everybody Loves My Baby," "Love Is Just Around the Corner," and "There Will Never Be Another You." Kilgore's warm voice particularly uplifts "Just the Way You Look Tonight," "The Lady's in Love With You," and "Exactly Like You," while leaving plenty of space for the pianists to romp. There were 43 performances (all recorded live at the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival) to choose these 15 from, so hopefully Vol. 2 will be released someday. The music is quite delightful and always swings hard. This small-label release is well worth searching for, but that is not surprising considering the three great talents who created this music.