Jay Klum

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Performing a delightfully effervescent set of standards, vocalist and pianist Jay Klum sparkles with her upbeat brand of cautious optimism that infuses almost every note. As a singer, Klum is buoyant and airy, even sensuous, as she swings lightly and even charmingly, though also uncompromisingly. Her tuneful piano adds a pleasant backdrop, though don't expect too much in the way of fireworks. Still, she impresses with a strong technique when she wants to, as on "I'll Remember April." Recorded over several years, the groups she brings with her are tightly rehearsed and the focused efforts bear sweet fruits. The tunes are all part of the standard jazz repertoire and while Klum does not do anything new with them she has a clear and easy mastery of the chords and melodies. While some might question whether we really need more versions of these workhorses, others might respond that the classics can never be exhausted. The whole has the feel of being performed at a night club -- laid back, relaxed, and lovely -- the sort of fare that is not too demanding but puts a smile on your face. Klum's got the chops and the right feel for the music: Wisely, she keeps it well under control, letting her soft touch do the talking.

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