What's Going On
Jazz vocal veteran (and accomplished actress and jazz educator) Ranee Lee is indeed a national treasure (and Order of Canada recipient). New album What's Going On is her 12th record for the Justin Time label, and it shows she's still at the top of her game. Alongside a few strong original tunes are fresh-sounding versions of such classics as the Marvin Gaye-penned title cut, Leon Russell's "A Song For You", and Bob Marley's "One Love". Both the instrumental and vocal work here is impeccable. Lee's previous album, Lives Upstairs, won the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album Of The Year 2010, and we expect this one will be a strong contender too.