Things Are Looking Up
Kim Marcoux's mello jazz and blues sound provides easy listening for those who favor a classy vocal rendition of old favorites. In addition, the title song of this album, Things Are Looking Up, is actually a new tune in the classic jazz style written by Marcia Hillman and the late Joe Derise. She is backed by a superb trio of guitar (Gray Sargent), bass (Marshall Wood), and drums (Jack Menna). These four have played together in the past and they came together again for this album, 'to jam and have fun.' While Kim's home territory has been in the Providence, Rhode Island area, she has sung around the world from India to Europe, from California to New York. Mike Lund, of Serendipity Records, who was her mentor and a shaping force during the early stages of this project, and was also responsible for introducing Kim to the song, 'Things Are Looking Up,' observed, ''Kim's early introduction to great American music, singing with the bands and constant club work, her love of great lyrics and just living a full life, have given her an affinity and understanding that pervades all her singing. Most importantly her singing to me possesses a quality that every singer must have if they are really to be successful and above average. That quality is honesty. When you listen to Kim Marcoux, you are listening to an honest, heart on her sleeve singer. No gimmicks here my friend, sinply someone who forgets about herself and becomes the lyric she is singing.' Kim's rich contralto and intimate style were described by Bob Angel of the Providence Journal, 'Kim Marcoux's music is not intended for daylight hours. It positively requires the nighttime and candlelight.' Gene Lees states in the liner notes, ' The album reminds us how good the general output of popular music really was during the 1930s and 40s ... These and the other songs evoke that remarkable time when, as I have often said, a lot of good music was popular and a lot of popular music was good.'