DANIELA NARDI TRIO One True Thing ( Minerva Road Entertainment) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Top-notch playing by Steve Bright and Larry Crowe highlight the latest from Nardi. It's kinda like your mamma's stew that you used to hate but now appreciate after too many years of eating out - it's just perfect after trying that four-course dinner-party deal for the umpteenth time. The DNT play in a wealth of styles from folk to world to classical yet at root are a jazz band, and Nardi possesses a great voice that can shift personalities with ease. I'd be willing to bet her favourite album is Joni Mitchell's Shadows And Light, but while Joni came off as genuine and inspired, Nardi at times sounds contrived. Fortunately, brilliant harmonica playing by guest musician Tortoise Blue means not all is lost for the Chapters coffee-drinking, book-reading crowd.