Carolyn Lee Jones – “Close Your Eyes” – Catn’round Sound
With “Close Your Eyes,” Jones has released her fourth work in the traditional jazz genre. Essentially, “Eyes” is a collection of covers from the American Songbook all reconstituted in a jazz format. She worked extensively with her musical partners to revamp the arrangements and make the songs she covers her own. Classics such as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” and “I Only Have Eyes For You” are both done in a silky smooth style. In fact, the entire release is well crafted and can range from very melodic to quite raucous at times. Jones’ voice is stellar, and the Dallas resident has won several awards in her home state of Texas. I would classify this mostly as traditional jazz in a cabaret style. Settle in for twelve luscious tracks, cause it ain’t gonna be a bumpy ride, to the contrary, smooth and steady, that’s the ticket.