Norman Vickers

CD Review: ‘The Rebecca Kilgore Trio, Vol. 1’

Rebecca Kilgore, vocals; Randy Porter, piano and Tom Wakeling, bass
With Dick Titterington, cornet
Heavywood—HW7 1993

Here is another excellent CD by vocalist Rebecca Kilgore with Randy Porter on piano and doing the recording/arranging chores. Tom Wakeling plays bass and cornetist Dick Titterington guests on cornet for some numbers.

Becky has appeared on many recordings and is a favorite vocalist on jazz cruises, jazz parties and jazz festivals. In fact, she appeared at our Pensacola JazzFest in 1999 along with drummer Hal Smith. She is a seasoned, mature vocalist and performer. She is also an excellent guitarist, but just stars as vocalist on this recording.

There is over an hour’s worth of excellent music here. Becky’s husband, Dick Titterington appears on some selections and enhances those numbers. Of the thirteen selections on this CD, many are standard favorites—Day In—Day Out; The Gentleman is a Dope, and There’s a Small Hotel, for example. She leads off with a Dave Frishberg composition, less familiar, entitled Dear Bix.

In all, an excellent recording which deserves repeated listening. Pensacola residents will find it, along with several other of Becky’s recordings, at the Jazz Room at the West Florida Public Library—only one of two dedicated jazz rooms in a U S public library. The CD is available on many outlets and also on several streaming services.

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