Mosaic

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Kendra Shank opens Mosaic with a gem that many post-bop vocalists wouldn't consider including in their repertoire: Carole King's early-'70s ballad "So Far Away," which Shank performs in a straightforward fashion. Shank's heartfelt performance packs a strong punch emotionally, although it doesn't have quite the improvisatory appeal that her performances are usually known for having. But after that opener, Shank's improvisatory skills assert themselves in a major way -- and she is delightfully uninhibited on impressionistic versions of songs ranging from Bill Evans' "Time Remembered" and Cedar Walton's "Life's Mosaic" to Irving Berlin's Tin Pan Alley standard "Blue Skies" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Kendra Shank opens Mosaic with a gem that many post-bop vocalists wouldn't consider including in their repertoire: Carole King's early-'70s ballad "So Far Away," which Shank performs in a straightforward fashion. Shank's heartfelt performance packs a strong punch emotionally, although it doesn't have quite the improvisatory appeal that her performances are usually known for having. But after that opener, Shank's improvisatory skills assert themselves in a major way -- and she is delightfully uninhibited on impressionistic versions of songs ranging from Bill Evans' "Time Remembered" and Cedar Walton's "Life's Mosaic" to Irving Berlin's Tin Pan Alley standard "Blue Skies" (which is part of a medley that also includes Shank's own "Reflections in Blue"). And true to form, Shank reminds listeners that jazz vocalists can be cerebral without being cold, distant, or aloof. Shank has long had an impressive ability to be intellectual and warm at the same time -- and that holds true on Mosaic whether she is turning her attention to Cole Porter's "All of You" or Johnny Mandel's "The Shining Sea." Not only do beauty and intellect coexist on this 2008 recording -- they complement one another and are equally important parts of Shank's artistic makeup. For all its post-bop abstraction, Mosaic is never lacking when it comes to emotion or vulnerability. Mosaic isn't quite as essential as A Spirit Free: Abbey Lincoln Songbook, the superb tribute to jazz vocal icon Abbey Lincoln that Shank recorded in 2005. But it is still an excellent addition to her rewarding catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Challenge
  • UPC: 608917327922
  • Catalog Number: 73279
  • Sales rank: 341,675

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kendra Shank Primary Artist, Vocals
Frank Kimbrough Piano
Dean Johnson Bass, Bass Guitar
Ben Monder Guitar
Tony Moreno Drums
Billy Drewes Clarinet, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Sax (Sopranino)
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Peggy Lee Composer
Carole King Composer
Bill Evans Composer
Kirk Nurock Composer
Cedar Walton Composer
Judy Niemack Composer
Wayne King Composer
Frank Kimbrough Composer
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Charles F. Kenny Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Bob Todd Composer
Victor Young Composer
Kendra Shank Composer, Producer
Geoff Parsons Composer
John Turner Composer
Coleman Barks translation
Manfred Knoop Engineer
Egbert VanAlstyne Composer
Cornell Todd Composer
Andrew Rowan Producer, Liner Notes
Paula Hackett Composer
Nick Kenny Composer
Marcel van den Broek Art Direction, Cover Design
Paul Lewis Composer
Maryanne De Prophetis Composer
Rumi Composer
John & Paula Hackett Composer
Cornell & Bob Todd Composer
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