Pamela Rose

Just for a Thrill

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Pamela Rose has a strong and versatile voice that is heard at its best on slower material when she expresses beauty through long notes. However, she also swings well at medium tempos. On Just for a Thrill, a wide-ranging program conceived by Rose and guitarist Danny Caron, she is joined on various selections by two different organ groups, a pair of excellent saxophonists, and a piano trio. The music ranges from Lil Armstrong's "Just for a Thrill" and "Lover Come Back to Me" to a version of "Learning the Blues" that recalls Dinah Washington, a heartfelt "La Vie en Rose," and some saucier material. The sidemen are uniformly excellent (both Jeff Ervin and Charles McNeil have spots on different selections to take saxophone solos), the organists keep the music grooving, and Pamela Rose shows that she is comfortable in several musical genres. Recommended.

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