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Monday, Nov. 30, 2009

Julie Thompson

Reverie: Jazz Impressions

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Milwaukee jazz songstress Julie Thompson issues a clear, sweet tone on her sophomore album. Balancing emotional nuance with a bell-like, almost motherly delivery, her restraint makes for a pleasing set of genre standards and show tunes. Piano, seven-string guitar, clarinet and a male a cappella quartet (on one cut) buoy Thompson's instrument but never take focus away from it. She’s easy enough on the ears to make that emphasis a fine thing.