Nancy King / Glen Moore

Impending Bloom

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Despite the album graphics (which depict a woman, a horse, and a fish in the late stages of pregnancy) and the title cut (which deals with a horse in labor), the bulk of this set has nothing to do with childbirth. It does contain more than its share of superb jazz singing by Nancy King; strong interplay between King and bassist Glen Moore; and guest appearances by violinist Rob Thomas, guitarist Jerry Hahn, and drummer Lawrence Williams. Nancy King is an inventive singer both with and without lyrics, taking wild chances with a voice that is both lovely and flexible. The three contributions by the songwriting team of Samantha and Glen Moore ("Impending Bloom," "White Duck," and "Man in the Oven") have somewhat bizarre lyrics. Better are King and Moore's fresh reappraisal of a variety of standards, including the singer's unaccompanied "By Myself" and what must be the slowest recorded version ever of "Secret Love." A colorful set.

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