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CD Review

Janiva Magness   Do I Move You?

Review by    Pat Benny

 Janiva Magness



 CD review by Pat Benny



  Janiva Magness, longtime premier blues diva from Southern California, has expanded her impressive portfolio with this new CD, "Do I Move You"  Drawing on her years of experience, Miss Magness' latest recording delivers a fine sampling of some of the many styles in the Blues genre.


  The eponymous track is a wonderful tribute to its composer, Nina Simone.  Magness captures the same, sultry deliverance of Simone, and the same jazz infused tempo with her   gifted vocal inflections.  It is this same sense of timing and emotion which makes her cover of "You Were Never Mine" so beautifully heartbreaking.


  Magness also gives credence to the Willie Dixon/Ralph Bass composition, "Workin' on Me Baby" The little stutter in the tempo at the bridge is intended and well executed.  Just   as precise is the version of Jeff Turmes' composition, "Don't Let Your Memories" Turmes' acoustic guitars are blended to Janiva's vocals as if they were made for each other.


  From the rough edges of Chicago, to the melodic West Coast Swing; from the Delta Blues to the charmingly flirtatious "Stealin' Sugar" Janiva Magness has once again presented a superbly diverse recording that is sure to please blues lovers, everywhere.


  Released on the Northernblues Music label, "Do I Move You" can be found at:    and



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