"No Cover" is the sixth album from this folksy and attractive blonde who hails from Santa Fe, N.M. A former recipient of the coveted New Mexico Music Coalition award and an Audiophile award, has performed in various European venues, most notably at Germany's Kerrville Folk Festival as well as at the Bottom Line in New York City, the Bluebird Café in Nashville and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
Legendary jazz player Chuck Mangione joins the session with his Flugelhorn on the touching "If I Could Sing Your Blues." Here Sara K. muses, "You absolutely mesmerize me, and if I had to look away, could it be like angels and good things? … I'd get you when you weren't looking, and if I had to let you go, could it be like angels and Coltrane?"
Much credit should be given to the supporting cast that appears on "No Cover." Throughout the entire CD, mandolin, quattro and six- and nine-string guitar player Hui Cox's phrasing and fills are truly a pleasure to decipher. Percussionist/drummer Todd Turkisher keeps things rollin' right along and is pushed by the proficient playing of acoustic bass/guitarist Gary Richardson. And the harmonica fills from Corrin Huddleston are an added bonus.
Recorded live Oct. 28, 1998 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York City, this is an excellent CD to listen to when one wants their music more on the "lighter" side of things.
P.O. Box 8327, Santa Fe, N.M., 87504
Chesky Records, (800) 426-8576
This review is copyright © 2000 by Matt Alcott, and Blues On Stage, all rights reserved.