Review of Detour Ahead by Chris Spector from Midwest Records


BARBARA WEEN/Detour Ahead: Unabashedly a woman of a certain age that the Boston area has been keeping all to themselves, this jazz singer has the chops and life experience to give these oldies/chestnuts the proper spin they deserve. Surrounding herself with jazzbos skilled in the tradition, Ween makes your ears feeling like they are back in the age of such hot peppers as Anita O’Day and Chris Connor. Far from being a retro pipe dram, Ween knows how to give the real deal with a crystal clear voice that shows depth without warts and speed bumps. Certainly the kind of stuff to play when you want to feel like a grown up, this is a real winner of a vocal date that has it all on the ball.

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