Heart On The Line
Phenix Fire Records 2020
Review by David Bowling
Vanessa Collier is a very competent songwriter and singer, but as a saxophonist, she is one of the best working today. Her music is rooted in the blues, but also incorporates some jazz and pop. Her newest release is titled Heart On The Line.
Collier has won The Blues Music Award for Horn Player Of The Year two years in a row. She has a light touch and does not overwhelm her instrument but rather relies on smooth, melodic runs.
While her songs have a variety of styles; her approach has a sameness. She usually starts out singing and then switches to the saxophone to drive the song home. This approach serves her well on her original compositions such as “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Bloodhound,” “Weep And Moon,” and “Freshly Squozen.”
This is Collier’s third release and she has settled into a comfortable groove that combines passion and smoothness into a nice blues mix. Listening to Heart On The Line is a good way to spend some time.