Boston-based vocalist Kimberly Keating invigorates jazz standards with rich, warm tones on new CD
(Published: April 27, 2011)
April 27, 2011 (Boston, MA) Written by Robert Sutton. The diamond sparkle of Kimberly Keating's soulful croon can leave anyone Overjoyed on her new album.
A professional singer for two decades, this Boston-based vocalist has the unique ability of not only infusing new life into familiar standards but making them feel as if they've never been heard before.
A stellar example is her version of the now-classic 1985 Stevie Wonder single that was selected to be her title track. Whereas Wonder's original was an acoustic R&B ballad, Keating invigorates it with a Latin flavor; her delivery beaming with glowing optimism while Ben Cook's upbeat piano adds irresistible energy.
Keating's take on Wonder's tune exemplifies what a cover should do: reinterpret, not replicate. Thankfully, that is what Keating does throughout this marvelous record. There are countless versions of "The Nearness of You" in the marketplace, but Keating's version soothes with her rich, warm tones.
However, don't think that Keating is only capable of one style. "I Thought About You" features a playful, almost giddy side to her singing.
"I Won't Last a Day Without You" and the "Why Did I Choose You/Where Do You Start" medley feature some of Keating's finest moments on the album. "I Won't Last a Day Without You" works as a nighttime slow jam, and Keating's yearning vocals are at the front of the mix, brimming with deep-seated passion. On "Why Did I Choose You/Where Do You Start," her singing is stunningly beautiful, as clear as wine and soaring like birds in flight.
Keating's affection for this material is unmistakable, but that alone isn't enough to carry a collection of remakes. There must be a different mindset in its foundation, a goal of not only paying respect to the originals but also brushing the cobwebs off and making them seem fresh again. Only one word can describe the experience of hearing these tunes come alive again like this: Overjoyed.
More Information: http://www.kimberlykeating.com