by Robert Rusch
ALEXIS COLE has a slick and classy recording called SKY BLOSSOM [Zoho Records zm202108]. The beauty of Cole’s voice is a given, and so are the arrangements by Jeff Jarvis. Jarvis also conducts the big band and soloists through a program that includes “Joy Spring,” “All Blues,” “Social Call,” “Estate” and other material from the jazz canon. The one exception is “American Anthem,” a semi-patriotic anthem that is out of place on this recording. This has the feel of a wonderful concert filled with spirit and hipness.