JazzTimes - 11/94, p.78
"...Ms. Bryson delivers...[using] an Afro-Cuban adept grouping...for the Latin-tinged pieces, and a considerable jazz rhythm section for others....her slightly smokey alto tones, fine sense of timing, and considerable phrase-turning abilities rule the proceedings..."
Personnel: Jeanie Bryson (vocals); Don Braden (tenor saxophone); Paquito D'Rivera (alto saxophone); Claudio Roditi (trumpet); Jay Ashby (trombone); Ted Brancato, Danilo Perez (piano); Vic Juris (guitar); Christian McBride (acoustic bass); Ron Davis, Ignacio Berroa (drums); Rudy Byrd (percussion).
Recorded at Studio A, Power Station, New York, New York on January 25-27 and February 18-20, 1994.
Contains 11 tracks.
Bryson's soft warm voice at times recalls Maxine Sullivan and on "Solamente Tu" she comes very close to the fragility of Astrud Gilberto. There are a few memorable selections on her second Telarc disc, most notably the exuberant "Simple Song" (which has some jubilant playing from altoist Paquito D'Rivera), a sensuous "Honeysuckle Rose" and a fine version of "Skydive." Unfortunately the set also has an excess of forgettable poppish material that weighs down the content somewhat. However Bryson mostly overcomes the material and her likable and easygoing style compensates. This release is not essential but is enjoyable. ~ Scott Yanow