Album Review:Until Tomorrow, Zara McFarlane, 2011

A refreshing revival of smart, stripped-down jazz that evokes smoke-filled rooms and the din of patrons passively clinking their tableware. The arrangements and production on this album make you wonder if it was really recorded in 2011. It could have come from a vault of 1944 recordings where you might find Sarah Vaughan’s early work. Vocalist Zara McFarlane reminds me of Vaughan, not in the timber of her voice but in her vocal styling. What’s more, this album has some bebop influence, completing the time travel theme. Listen to “Feed the Spirit” and you’ll half expect Coltrane himself to come in with a solo.