I was first familiar with Lauren Kinhan as a member of the jazz vocal group New York Voices years ago. So I was glad to see I was getting a ‘familiar’ voice when I started listening to her album ‘A Sleepin’ Bee.’ And I have got to be honest, I was doubly lured by the album cover, which replicates those mid-century pop/jazz albums. And, even more exciting, this album is a tribute album of sorts to the great Nancy Wilson, one of my all-time favorites.
Kinhan sings competently, and ably backed by competent musicians. And of course, the Wilson-inspired repertoire is great, but the album just left me cold. It bored me. And it’s not her, it’s me. It just did not agree with me, her musical choices sound but not my cup of tea. I am sure a lot of people will enjoy this, and I fault myself for not being one of them.