Barbara Morrison - I Know How To Do It
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Review by Scott Yanow
Veteran singer Barbara Morrison has long had the versatility to sound sassy on blues-oriented material and coolly sweet on ballads. For this set, Morrison (whose style is flexible enough to handle swinging jazz, R&B and blues) is joined by lesser-known L.A. musicians, and (on a couple of tunes) guest trombonist Al Grey. The material that Morrison interprets is consistently superior, including "I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues," Teddy Edwards' memorable "Don't Touch Me," "Don't Explain," Leonard Feather's "I Know How to Do It" and "Don't Go to Strangers." Because attention was paid to mood and tempo variation, the program on the whole is pretty definitive of Barbara Morrison's talents. Recommended.