In Tune International reviews Karen’s new album
The UK-based magazine, In Tune International, has just released its December issue, and included within is this review of Karen’s newest album:
Here are eleven songs just tailor-made for Karen Marguth to perform with Kevin Hill, her extremely talented bass player who keeps things moving throughout the album. The duo sound musically like one.
Softly, almost mysteriously, “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” opens the set, and Karen takes this standard to some loose jazz extremes ably aided by Kevin’s bass playing. “Just You, Just Me” is about as fine a jazz reading as you are bound to hear. Karen and Kevin duke it out — scatting and swinging the daylights out of this standard. “I’m Beginning to See the Light” gets an extremely slow take. It’s unusual, with many on-the-beat delayed stops that just fit. “Love’s Got Me in a Lazy Mood” is terrific. The rhythm and the vocal take us on an unforgettable, memorable musical trip. “I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good” is ever so carefully handled with great sensitivity. The duo really top themselves on this track. On “Imagination” the two treat us to some lovely scatting and surprising twists and turns. It’s an upbeat arrangement that is quite catching. This CD is for more than just you, just me; it’s for all of us. Thank you, Karen and Kevin. ~Dan Singer