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Agnieszka Iwanska-All That I Am

Here’s a new jazz vocalist who definitely has impressive pipes. On her debut release, All That I Am (a CD of all original material, I might add), Polish songstress Agnieszka Iwanska demonstrates the ability to really stroke a tune with her oft sultry vocals.

Iwanska weaves into this brand of contemporary jazz the vocal stylings of the likes of, say, Basia, yet still sports her own rather pure, clean, and convincing delivery (as well as the ability to scat a bit). One can easily find some real comfort in that.
After a bouncy entrance with the title track, Iwanska slips into something a bit more seductive with “Love Around,” then swings into a little swaying Brazilian-tinged rhythmic piece called “Thinking of You.” A rather somber, bluesy track called “The Truth” bears a light resemblance to the “Stormy Monday” type of tunes. “Wonderland” is a tune a little heavier on the smooth, if you will, and quite melodic, and “Come To Me”–another very melodic piece-does a nice job of blending the variations in contemporary styles. “Still Alive” is a lively, up-tempo step into the groove mode of contemporary jazz with some sparkling piano to add a nice touch. Later in the CD, Iwanska offers Polish iterations of three of the previous tracks. A pleasantly unique touch.

All That I Am is not the smooth jazz most have come to define as such, but if you like to sample the wide range of contemporary jazz vocals, the rather smooth delivery and style of Agnieszka Iwanska may serve you well. — Ronald Jackson