By Sal Nunziato, Burning Wood Blog/Huffington Post
Ingrid Lucia has been on the scene for awhile, both as a solo artist and with the Flying Neutrinos. Her recorded output has been uneven at best, singing standards and songs about New Orleans, with the usual band arrangements behind her. But Miss Lucia may have put out the record of her career with “Midnight Rendezvous,” a collection of original material, produced by Anders Osborne, that is unique from head to tail.
There is no escaping the comparison to Billie Holiday, with her small and smokey voice, but the band, featuring one of the best rhythm sections in New Orleans, Cassandra Faulconer on bass and Simon Lott on drums, as well as John Fohl on guitar, takes Lucia’s songs and creates an album that will satisfy your Crescent City needs, and leave you smiling with fresh arrangements that do not exploit the sounds and feelings of the great city.