Memphis ...Yes, I'm Ready
Revered enough in the jazz world to be named a 2017 NEA Jazz Master, vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater shifts into soul mode for this tribute to the Memphis sound. Guided by coproducer Kirk Whalum, she doesn’t overthink these classic songs at all: She simply digs in, irrepressible and charismatic as ever. The musicianship is tight, the arrangements much closer to authentic soul and R&B than jazz. And Bridgewater’s love for the legacy of Otis Redding, B.B. King, and other Mid-South legends is palpable.