Seattle-based jazz singer Eugenie Jones is an empowered storyteller who bares her soul with no-apology lyrics and a decisive singing style.
Her memorable debut, the hip, swinging and soulful Black Lace, Blue Tears was one to put on when you had friends over – she’s a singer who instantly stands out for her authenticity. On her sophomore release, Come Out Swingin’ she gets the band back together and steps up her game. Made up of terrific talent from the Northwest that’s effectively led by pianist Bill Anschell, Jones writes clever songs (“Swing Me,” “I’m Alright” and the tasty “Sweet Summer Love”) with arrangements that give the record a lively, club-like feel. Jones has a pleasing instrument, particularly on her own stylish tunes. She dips into standards like “All Of Me” and “Begin The Beguine” with a revelatory confidence. Her voice is smooth and assured, and on the Nina Simone-tinged “A Way About You” she sings with a pizzazz and makes her swinging rhythm section sparkle. A superior effort, Come Out Swingin’ deserves to open doors wider for this sensational performer. (13 tracks; 53 minutes)