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Tuesday May 16, 2017

From Roots Music Report

Album Review of With A Twist
By: Mark Gallo

[…] Her take on the Leonard Cohen-penned “Dance Me To The End of Love” is tenderly rendered, framed by flutes and then her expressive trumpet. “It’s Oh So Quiet” is, as advertised a quiet piece, albeit with a rambunctious bridge, reminding of perhaps a Broadway number. It’s fun and the musicianship is as impressive as the lyrics are humorous. The three Skonberg original tunes are the most impressive of the lot. “How I know” has a Latin groove and clever lyrics. ‘Splittin a cab drive/your hand found mine/ driving’ down the East side/Now every song is about you/and every moment feels like Déjà vu’¦’ “Some Kind of Crazy” is Matt Wilson drum-driven and again lyrically clever. Sung with an inherent chuckle it combines tenor and trumpet in a brilliant conversation. “Time to Go”, the closer, has classic written all over it. More nimble lyrics beautifully sung, while the band and the trumpeter wail. The instrumental passages are almost Art Blakey-ish. With a Twist is a wonderful collection of songs and a joyful release.

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