“The dozen songs on offer here continually contrast aspects of James’ seemingly limitless musical persona: from funky neo-soul to elegant balladry to adventurous pop and R&B… Here he not only blurs the boundaries of the various genres he examines, but extends them; in the process, he creates a beguiling, sophisticated, important music that is his [...]
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“Gregory Porter’s sophomore effort confirms the talent that was so apparent on his debut. He’s developed greater technique and subtlety in his impressive singing… He’s becoming a major talent, not just as a singer but also as a composer, with a unique, elliptical style, both for melodies and lyrics, which is quite evident when held [...]
“For only the second time in her career, jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall deviates from her tried, true m.o. of covering easily identifiable jazz standards. …Glad Rag Doll is not the sound of Krall reinventing herself so much as it’s the comfortable scratching of an old, persistent itch. The warmth, sophistication, humor, and immediacy [...]