Photographers: Kim Knott; R. Andrew Lepley; Marina Chavez; Mark Lawrence.
Putumayo's compilations, organized around catch-all themes of genre or nationality, are always enjoyably accessible, and WOMEN OF JAZZ is no exception. The set brings together 10 American female vocalists performing in the jazz idiom. With the exception of longstanding jazz/R&B legend Etta James, whose "Since I Fell for You" is one of the album highlights, WOMEN OF JAZZ focuses on modern day artists such as Hope Waits, Jennifer Hartswick, Madeleine Peyroux, and Cassandra Wilson. The result is a dazzling sampler of the contemporary vocal jazz scene.