Mosaic

May 19, 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Label: Challenge Records
  • Copyright: 2009 Challenge Records
  • Total Length: 1:06:34
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  • ASIN: B0026XWJXA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,120 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on May 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is Kendra Shank's fifth professional recording. I believe I'm the only one to have reviewed all 5 on Amazon.com. That makes me feel like Mel to "Flight of the Conchords."

Except for this: the in-joke of the HBO series is that the band, "Flight of the Conchords," is so talentless that they really don't deserve a groupie, much less an unconditional one like Mel. In contrast, the Kendra Shank quartet (Ms. Shank, vocals; Frank Kimbrough, piano; Dean Johnson, bass; Tony Moreno, drums), and "guests who are so regular that they might as well just call themselves a sextet" (Billy Drewes, saxes and clarinets; and Ben Monder, guitar) are so accomplished, talented and tight as truly to be one of the best working bands in the country; and Kendra Shank certainly is one of the most underappreciated singers anywhere. There is no more artistic, more musical, band in existence today.

Supposedly, this disc, co-produced by Ms. Shank and Andrew Rowan, is an "11 songs we like" album. If that were really true, I'd be inclined to go 4 stars (especially to emphasize the brilliance of their last c.d., the Abbey Lincoln tribute "Spirit Free.") But after many listens, I'm convinced it's more than that:

The key song in this set is the title track, track no. 2. As the band plays "Mosaic" freely and Ms. Shank "sings in tongues," it becomes apparent that what this disc is about is the holding of a prism to Kendra's soul, to her essence, and seeing what comes out. And much comes out:

We have "So Far Away," sung much more emotionally and bittersweetly than the Carole King original. There's "Reflections in Blue/Blue Skies," which starts out like a sunny day in early March and evolves into a sunny day in late May.
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