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Reflections
Kendra Shank
Reflections
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
While it's not uncommon to hear vocalists likened to saxophonists, Kendra Shank, with her languid phrasing and flatted tones, is often reminiscent of a muted trumpeter. The former folk singer has honed her voice to a point...  more »

      
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All Artists: Kendra Shank
Title: Reflections
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Jazz Focus
Original Release Date: 9/12/2000
Re-Release Date: 10/17/2000
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 078686037276, 078686803727, 078686803727

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While it's not uncommon to hear vocalists likened to saxophonists, Kendra Shank, with her languid phrasing and flatted tones, is often reminiscent of a muted trumpeter. The former folk singer has honed her voice to a point where a few sustained notes can unearth a tune's emotional complexity--check the mixture of game whimsy and bittersweet regret she imparts on "I'm Never Sure." As on her previous records, Shank delivers a unique twist on a contemporary pop song, turning the Beatles' "Let It Be" into a spiritual lifeboat, and she nods to one of her mentors with a heartfelt rendition of Abbey Lincoln's "Throw It Away," breaking into a rare, gentle scat over pizzicato strings. The backing trio (occasionally abetted by Shank on guitar) is accorded perhaps too much space, but singer and ensemble maximize every moment of "A Timeless Place," an aching, sensuous, 10-minute tour de force that may well be Shank's finest recorded song thus far. --Britt Robson

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Reflections on an Underrated Artist
Rick Cornell | Reno, Nv USA | 01/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Reflections" is a marvelous follow-up to "Wish." Both establish Kendra Shank as a world-class jazz singer and a hugely underrated artist. My personal favorite on this album is "Let It Be." It's hard to imagine one of the best of the Lennon-McCartney songbook being improved upon, but Ms. Shank and her quartet succeed. Other noteworthy additions to her repertoire include: "Reflections," the most lyrical of all Duke Ellington compositions, which showcases the empathetic interplay of her wonderful quartet; "A Timeless Place", a heart-rending rendition of the Jimmie Rowles classic; and "This Is New", a straight-ahead romp of one of the Gershwin's most obscure standards. If you like Cassandra Wilson or Abbey Lincoln, you will like Kendra Shank. All 3 follow in the tradition of Billie Holiday, which is to say they sing with all the heart and soul they have, and add unique creative touches to their artistry in the process."