Candace Evans has been a shining star on the Kansas City jazz scene for many years now. Playing since the age of 8, she mixes sensuous vocal range with awesome piano talent. What comes out is pure enjoyment.
Her latest, "So Nice," is rythmic, lush, pure, playful and sometimes sultry. Her song list references some of the greatest songwriters of our time, from Rogers & Hammerstein, to Hoagy Carmichael, to Stanley Turrentine.
Evans shows us her soft, swinging side on the title track as well as "Agua De Beber," which feels like summer in Havana. Jim Mair's sax highlights the bluesy "Centerpiece" and accents Evans' vocals nicely. Classy piano from Evans and Gary Richter's vibraphone on "Sugar," bring a little soul to the piece. Steve Rigazzi's bass and Evans vocals bounce nicely off each other in a classic retelling of "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" that would make Billy Holiday proud.
Other titles like "Just in Time," the classic "Witchcraft," and "Black Orpheus-A Day In The Life Of A Fool" bring out the best of the other A-list musicians that Evans has garnered support from on this CD.
"So Nice" rings true to Kansas City's rich, jazz heritage and only makes us long for more.