Album Review of
Smoky Nights

Written by Robert Silverstein
November 3, 2019 - 4:21pm EST
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Jazz vocal music rarely gets better than singer Jennifer Saran. The Hong Kong based singer songwriter turned heads around with her 2017 album Wake Up and she returns in 2019 with a short but sweet five-track CD EP called Smoky Nights. Smoky Nights features the production of Narada Michael Walden, who also co-wrote the music here while also adding his drumming and keyboard skills. Like her previous albums, the sound is on Smoky Nights is on timeless jazz-pop and the results are quite arresting. Inspired by legendary jazz vocalists like Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, the music and album sound here is greatly enhanced by Narada’s sumptuous production as well as key contributions from a range of musicians. Some music fans may consider Jennifer Saran an easy listening artist, yet for those in the know, Smoky Nights is a first class jazz-pop vocal experience all the way.