Album Review of
PDX Soul

Written by Duane Verh
April 18, 2015 - 12:00am EDT
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As warmer weather (thankfully) approaches, the time ripens for “groove” jazz.  Portland-based alto and soprano saxophonist Ms. Niswanger brings an exuberant, youthful sounding voice to the style and digs impressively deep into soul and r&b roots as well. Well served by her solid supporting cast, Niswanger rides the groove with ease and with enough animation to avoid “smooth” clichés. She makes plenty of room for other players as well, making for nice glimpses of Hammond organist Louis Pain and trombonist Stan Bock, among others.  Standing out here are originials "I'm Gone" and "Say What It Is" and a pair of well chosen oldies, Dyke & The Blazers’ “Let A Woman Be A Woman, Let A Man Be A Man” and the Barbara Mason soul classic “Yes I’m Ready”.