"A Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in the 1999 Down Beat International Critics' Poll, Shank shines on Reflections
, her September 12th Jazz Focus CD, featuring her impressionistic approach and eclectic song selections
Kendra Shank is a special jazz singer, one not afraid to take risks and one soulful enough not to do things just for effect. Fans and critics alike praise her individuality and compelling, creative performances. Musically speaking, she does not confine herself to any one thing but makes all kinds of songs her own, as she reveals on Reflections, her second Jazz Focus release and the followup to the chart-topping Wish. Shank will celebrate Reflections on Monday, October 16th, at a CD release party at the Jazz Standard in New York City. Her regular working band, also featured on the CD, will play: Frank Kimbrough, piano; Dean Johnson, bass; and Tony Moreno, drums.
As critic Terry Teachout advises: If you should be lucky enough to happen into a club where Kendra Shank is singing, you'll know that you are hearing a voice that is decidedly out of the ordinary. Its warm, smooth-textured and fine-grained
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