Kai Hoffman – Luckiest Girl Alive
(Broad Reach Records BRKH0002. CD Review by Frank Griffith)
Singer Kai Hoffman‘s latest offering, Luckiest Girl Alive, showcases her sunny delivery and pleasantly cavorting vocal talents to great effect. Her retro-1950s look (well illustrated on the CD cover) goes hand in hand with the musical fare on offer, with period classics such as Lucky Lips, TV is the thing this year and Drown in my tears, as well as four songs by Kai herself. Sadly, the composer credits only mention surnames, making it difficult to ascertain exactly who wrote these classic songs that Ms Hoffman pays such respectful tributes to.
This collection of Kai’s own 1950s-inspired originals, rockin’ rhythm & blues and a healthy dose of New Orleans brings the great rhythm & blues back to life. These include the women who helped to invent rock’n’roll, like Ruth Brown, Wynona Carr, Annisteen Allen, Lillian Briggs and Wanda Jackson.
Resident at Ronnie Scott’s since 2008, Kai has also wowed audiences worldwide. Her appearances in New York City, Milan and the Edinburgh Fringe have won her many rave reviews.
Special plaudits also to sidefolks for their input – saxist Dan Faulkner, guitar man Simon Picton and the renowned ‘Sheila’ (Aussie vocalist) Nina Ferro who cameos on three backing vocals.
Ideal for a good ol’ knees up or rollicking shimmy on the dance floor, this hearty offering from this “Boss-stonian” croonette (Kai hails from New England) will delight fans of this post-war sub-genre of jazz no end.