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Yesterday saw the release of Robin McKelle’s second album, “Modern Antique.” As a great fan of her first album, I was happy to see that she is rocking some more of those jazz standards. Since Lavay Smith doesn’t put out albums anymore, I have to get my good standards where I can find ’em, and McKelle is worth every penny paid to iTunes — in my opinion, this album even tops her 2005 release. Her voice simply flies on wings of trumpeting eagles, people.

Comparatively, you can think of the standards album Queen Latifah released last year which was eh, lukewarm. I like Latifah but McKelle is a real jazz vocalist — maybe you’d call it torch singing, but there’s this emotion in the vocals that reflects the band’s bluesy brass. The music is crisp and distinct, nothing mushy or weak, and McKelle keeps up like a champ, easily dominating the entire orchestra behind her in songs like “Cheek To Cheek” and “Abracadabra,” but not overpowering a quiet piano in “Save Your Love For Me.” You can stream the entire album at the Cheap Lullaby site and see if I’m just talking out of my ear here.

Robin McKelle — Site | Myspace | Label (Cheap Lullaby)

Robin McKelle — Abracadabra

Robin McKelle — Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (from “Introducing Robin McKelle”)

Lavay Smith & Her Red-Hot Skillet Lickers — Walk Right In, Walk Right Out

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You know how you wake up and it’s one of those days? It’s too early because the kids haven’t adjusted to daylight savings. Your neck hurts and you feel a headache coming on. You take a shower and notice just exactly how dirty the shower door is. There’s nothing to eat for breakfast; you have to put on Sesame Street instead of being able to watch Veronica Mars. And it’s only 7 am. Bleah. Here’s some music.

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]

1. Robin McKelle РBei Mir Bist Du Sch̦n
2. Nelly Furtado – Maneater (siik remix); from
3. Vienna Teng – Cannonball (Damien Rice)
4. Bettie Serveert – Lover I Don’t Have To Love (Bright Eyes)
5. Michael Penn – Walter Reed

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