Nina Van Horn

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Nina Van Horn was born in France and raised in Texas, and is again firmly ensconced in France, where she has her own radio program and from where she tours. She is to be lauded for her adventurousness in embarking on this tribute to blueswomen, and for her obvious reverence for their music. That said, the album is mistitled: it should be called “Cabaret Dabbles in Blues.”The musicians on the album are fine, lending spare but tasteful support on electric and slide guitars, trumpet, harmonica, and piano. However, it’s clearly Van Horn’s album, and its success or failure rides on her voice. Some listeners may love her histrionic interpretations; for me, I find the originals far superior.

Nina Van Horn

 
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