Gloria Smyth – Like Soul! (2020)

Gloria Smyth - Like Soul! (2020)
Artist: Gloria Smyth
Album: Like Soul!
Label: RevOla
Year Of Release: 2020
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

01 – Running Wild (Remastered) (2:13)
02 – Billy (Remastered) (2:02)
03 – Sittin’ And Sighin’ (Remastered) (3:35)
04 – Imagination (Remastered) (2:59)
05 – Motherless Child (Remastered) (2:03)
06 – I’ll Remember April (Remastered) (3:21)
07 – I’ll Be Over (Remastered) (2:10)
08 – Bye Bye Blackbird (Remastered) (2:15)
09 – When You’re Smiling (Remastered) (2:46)
10 – Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You? (Remastered) (2:35)
11 – Sometimes I’m Happy (Remastered) (3:28)
12 – Time After Time (Remastered) (3:44)
13 – It Don’t Mean A Thing (Remastered) (2:29)


On Like Soul!, we can hear Gloria Smyth—a younger singer of boundless energy, with a warm and appealing feel for lyrics. She shows influences of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday, but happily for her, she is also sufficiently individual to escape most comparisons. Miss Smyth was no stranger to the nitery circuit, having worked Fack’s, San Francisco; Mister Kelly’s, Chicago; the Key Club, Minneapolis; and the Village Vanguard, New York. She sings with definite jazz feeling, and is backed by four distinct groups composed of some of the top jazz musicians from the West Coast: Teddy Edwards, Les McCann, Lennie McBrowne and the Ronnie Ball Trio. A happy atmosphere prevails on these fine sessions, all of which share a sense of mutual support and engagement by players on top of their game.

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