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by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

Jazz vocalist Jeff Baker’s third CD for OA2 is a perfect example of a confident young singer willing to explore music from many different genres so long as the tunes are promising. Backed by a great band that includes saxophonist Brent Jensen, pianist Bill Anschell, and drummer John Bishop (all of whom were present on his second release for the label), plus bassist Jeff Johnson, Baker is never predictable in his approach to any song and generously features his musicians (particularly Anschell and Jensen) at length. His dreamy setting of the standard “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” is matched by the well-crafted arrangement of Carole King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” that transforms this 1960s pop song into true jazz material. Baker is also a master singing vocalese to Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce” or scatting to Miles Davis’ “All Blues” with authority. Recommended.

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