To say that there are hints of Carmen McRae and Maxine Sullivan in Horn's voice, that there are shades of Billie Holiday in her presentation, is to take nothing away from this fine jazz singer and pianist.
There is a dead-on directness to her delivery and an intensity that builds with every turn, making every song a story with beginning, middle and end. She opens this album with "The Music That Makes Me Dance," the ravishing, too seldom heard closing ballad from Funny Girl, and with each verse adds power and pathos to the lyric line.
She weaves a similar spell around the Alan Jay Lerner-Burton Lane tune "Too Late Now" and adds a wonderful, easy humor to "Come Dance with Me." Need more reasons to listen? Horn is joined by Wynton Marsalis on "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'," by Wynton's brother Branford on "It Had to Be You" and by Miles Davis on the title cut. (Verve)