Sylvia Syms

In a 1995 Jazz Times review of a Sylvia Syms CD, I wrote: Sylvia Syms had a vibrato like a telephone wire in a breeze. She sometimes slid around both sides of a note before she settled on it. She often added the syllable "uh" to the end of a word ("ridin' on the moon-uh"). She could pounce on a consonant and ignore the vowel next door. Some of her power notes were pure brass and there were moments when she sounded alarmingly like Carol Channing. Hey, nobody's perfect, but to many discerning … [Read more...]