It might have taken Bonnie Lowdermilk a little more than a decade to release the followup to her previous album with the Fred Hersch Trio, but Up to Now was well worth the wait. With help from some of the area's finest players, including Mark Simon, Ken Walker and Greg Gisbert, Lowdermilk has created a delightful album that shows the jazz vocalist/pianist in complete control of her vocals, especially on the buoyant and swinging opener "Day by Day," which also features swift tenor work from Peter Sommer, and on Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring." In addition to some smart arrangements on nearly a dozen standards, Lowdermilk also wrote a few originals, including the yearning movie-star fantasy crush on "Bankin' on the Moon."
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