Veteran jazz and cabaret song stylist Mary Foster Conklin further establishes her rep as a “song hound” extraordinaire. She fuses the most transcendent qualities of both realms on a lush, sultry and charmingly swinging set. Flowing gracefully and wittily with a crew of East Coast jazz greats (led by pianist John diMartino), the singer tells her own story (“ballads for grownups, about reality, about now”) via colorful revamps of obscure plums from legends (Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Johnny Mandel) while continuing her fascination with the elegant expressions of famed lyricist Beat Poet Fran Landesman. Conklin’s eclectic and soulful musical photographs showcase her extraordinary depth.
Score: 8 out of 10
Mary Foster Conklin
Producer: Mary Foster Conklin and John diMartino