LA Jazz Scene (December 2008 issue)

.....It is perhaps a measure of Belinda Underwood's confidence that the opening selection (as well as the closer) on her Greenspace CD does not feature her voice but that of Nancy King. Ms. Underwood, who also plays bass and oud, shows throughout this disc that Esperanza Spaulding is not the only talented new bassist-singer. In addition to colorful reinterpretations of "No Moon At All," a heartfelt "Blue Gardenia," and "Estate," Ms. Underwood contributes several originals, including the humorous "Odd Meter Blues." Some of her songs could become future standards if this set is heard by other singers. Joined by the great pianist Benny Green along with bassist Phil Baker, drummer Martin Zarzar and occasionally saxophonist Melissa Underwood, she digs deep into the sentiments behind the lyrics while always lightly swinging.

--- Scott Yanow




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