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  • Living in the Land of Oz [Redwood, 1984] B+

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Living in the Land of Oz [Redwood, 1984]
In Australia she's been dubbed "queen of jazz," which says more about Australia than it does about jazz. As does she--what's most appealing on this U.S. compilation is topical (and usually humorous) material about her native continent that's recommended to Nick Cave and Olivia Newton-John. But though she musters an impressively gruff blues timbre and on occasion some rudimentary swing, I'm not convinced she always goes flat on purpose, and when she emotes she may strain the credulity even of those who set their standards by Nick Cave and Olivia Newton-John. B+