DANNY O'KEEFE, In Time
In the eight years since his previous album release, Danny O'Keefe has lived a lifetime's worth of emotions, it appears, and is now in a place where he can make sense of it all.
SCOTT MILLER, For Crying Out Loud
Chalk up this long player as a big winner for Scott Miller: there's neither a false note nor a bad song nor an impotent vocal in evidence. It may be too stylistically diverse for those who prefer to pigeonhole artists into neatly defined categories, but wherever he lands on this disc, Miller sounds like he belongs right there.
INTRODUCING SONNY AND HER JOY BOYS
Duke Robillard, he of the intimate acquaintance with all manner of blues-based roots music, now goes into small combo swing band mode to further the ambitions of one fine vocalist of lovely mien and expressive interpretive artistry, Sunny Crownover. Herein producer and acoustic archtop guitarist Robillard steers Crownover through a tasty set of largely '30s and '40s era chestnuts, cool and swinging, dreamy and seductive, the lot of them. How could you go wrong when you have a singer who can deliver and a band that can roil and simmer as the moment requires?