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Album Remarks & Appraisals:
With Inside/Out (Whaling City Sound), Kristen Lee Sergeant emerges onto the crowded scene of jazz vocalists with a fresh, distinctive voice full of soul, authenticity and the gift of great storytelling. The title reflects the duality of each song's lyrics and placement, creating a cycle of emotions ranging from rapture to introspection to reality, bringing what is inside, out. Fun and fearlessness pervade this debut release as Kristen also turns 80's pop classics into adventurous jazz romps with the promise of even more exciting things to come. The restless, creative spirit that inspires her is evident on this recording, and deeply impacts the music and her listeners. Radio host, Jay Edwards of WCLK-FM's "Jazz Tones," calls her "an effervescent spirit whose superb vocals and phrasing inject the lyrics with new life," illustrating how influences from early onstage work palpably serve this recording. Inspired by Carmen McRae, Shirley Horne and Rosemary Clooney, Sergeant finds the swing and intimacy of each tune in every context. This release is a portrait of an artist coalescing all her influences, and those of her musicians, to a nuanced reinvention of standards & pop classics under the jazz canopy of swing and contemporary music.
Personnel: David Budway (piano); Kristen Lee Sergeant (vocals); Vince Ector (drums).
Liner Note Author: Bob Blumenthal.
Recording information: Tedesco Studios, NJ.
Photographer: Steven Menendez.