Strong jazz/blues vocal album:
Natalia M. King, Bluezzin T’il Dawn (Challenge, 2016)
Worst decision: The incorporation of “Take 5” into the original “Baby Brand New” is heavy-handed and trite.
Best decision: Closing the program with the wistful, emotionally elusive song, “Little Bit of Rain” by Fred Neil.
Good overall sign: King’s originals indicate she understands the seductive and strange qualities of Neil.