Vintage

By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Album reviews- All Music Guide

“Kathy Kosins has a fine expressive voice and she is joined by a top-notch sextet, but the real star of this set are the songs, which are mostly both very obscure and superior. When was the last time King Pleasure's "Tomorrow Is Another Day," "Tiptoe Gently" (recorded by Carmen McRae in the 1950s), Russ Garcia's "Go Slow," or Bobby Troup's "Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast" were performed? The closest songs to standards on this set are Cy Coleman's "When in Rome," the early-'30s Depression tune "Penthouse Serenade," Victor Young's "You're a Heavenly Thing," and "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," and those tunes are given fresh arrangements. All of the musicians play well, with guitarist Peter Bernstein often taking honors. Throughout the date, Kosins shows versatility, always swings, and uplifts each of the obscurities, making this a particularly memorable outing.“