Date: Aug 31st, 2011 · Tags: Jazz CD Reviews

Combining a voice of crystalline purity, a neat lyrical touch, some superb backing musicians and a few lushly romantic arrangements, Kaz Simmons’ Dandelions has a gorgeous heart and a few twists and turns that surprise, delight and occasionally mystify by turn. This is Simmons’ third album: the second on her own Fast Awake label, following 2007’s Different Smile. While she has referred to Dandelions as being “less jazz” than her previous recordings, which have featured standards like “Cheek To Cheek” and “Moon River,” it might be more accurate to refer to the music as “different jazz,” for she has by no means abandoned the genre, even if all of the songs here are original compositions and the core sound comes from her voice and finger-picked guitar.

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Kaz Simmons: Dandelions