Nalley, Kim

Kim Nalley, 2015CD

Issue: 22.1

Jazz Ruler Type: Ballads, Blues
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Performance: 5
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Sound: 4
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O’s Notes: Kim Nalley has a tremendously powerful voice that will raise the roof off of the church! The inspiration for Blues People is Amiri Baraka’s landmark book, Blues People: Negro Music in White America written over fifty years ago. The book was a landmark cultural piece and Nalley delivers a riveting performance. She is supported by Tammy Hall (keyboards), Greg Skaff (g), Michael Ziaman (b) and Kent Benson (d). Bryan Dyer sings background vocals. Kim uses all of her vocal techniques on the opener, a soulful rendition of “Summertime”. It turns out to be an introduction to her vast array of vocal shaping. Kim sings blues, gospel and displays a wide vocal range. She amends Baraka’s works with a few of her own compositions that touch on more recent events plaguing African Americans, notably “Big Hooded Black Man” and “Ferguson Blues”. This is a memorable recording with entertainment value and a message!


Publicist: Bloom Media Relations