Picó’s interaction with the crowd is welcome and natural. Her warm voice is perfectly complemented by Chown’s relaxed piano and Sears on woodwinds. Besides tracks from the Great American Songbook and others, the set includes the Picó originals “Spend A Little Time With Me,” “Lift Up Heart” and “It Is What It Is.”
Highlights abound. On “Here, There and Everywhere,” Picó winds from a whisper to full-throated shout, without ever losing control. Chown shows his dexterity throughout, as on “Cheek to Cheek” and the intro to “Over The Rainbow.” Sears gets her turns in the spotlight as well: Her bouncy saxophone on “I Got Rhythm” perfectly encapsulates the mood, and a lithe and lively “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” gives her some space to stretch out.
So spend a little time with Miriam Picó | David Chown | Laurie Sears. You’ll enjoy it.
— Ross Boissoneau Music journalist and critic,
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