Owen, Judith

Century of Progress, 2005CD
Instrument: Female Vocals

Issue: 11.2

Jazz Ruler Type: Ballads, Blues
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Performance: 4
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Sound: 4
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O’s Notes: It only takes a minute into the first song “Smoke On the Water” to appreciate the beauty of Judith’s signature vocals. They sound great with a little bit of smoky, nasal character, lots of inflection and well controlled dynamics. She also, plays piano, wrote most of the tunes and co-produced this session. The music swings nicely on songs like “Sky High” but there are hints of pop, blues and country here. No matter, we just liked the voice – up front and personal. Our favorites are the bluesy “Enough” a duet with Cassandra Wilson.