Hot Swing, Cool Jazz, is one of those albums you can listen to time after time. Nancy Osborne has a great voice and the songs on the album are simply wonderful.
- Bruce Von Stiers, BVS Reviews
I'd suggest that this is an excellent choice for aficionados of big band music in a contemporary setting.
- Michael P. Gladstone, All About Jazz
Her years as lead vocalist for both the Nelson Riddle and Tex Beneke Orchestras have obviously taught Nancy Osborne a lot about making a song-listener friendly, and she applies her knowledge to the 16 tracks on "Hot Swing, Cool Jazz" for irresistibly entertaining results.
-Jeff Rossen, After Dark, Arts & Entertainment Magazine
It sounds like much more than a debut recording as she sings with an abundance of confidence.
- D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place
Nancy Osborne seems to have that rare ability to make each song her own. Each offering sounds fresh and sparkling. And she really seems to enjoy what she's doing. Her enthusiasm is soooo infectious. As I said before, this set has a song for any and every mood and I bet that once you come to track 16, you'll be swinging....To paraphrase Cole Porter, Nancy Osborne, you're de-lightful, you're de-licious, you're de-lirious, YOU'RE DE-LOVELY.
- Hadley Tituss, Jazz Rendezvous
"Hot Swing, Cool Jazz" is one of the best all-around albums of this sort of music that I know of. Nancy sounds great and I hear places in her voice that I have never heard her use...My hat is off to all involved. In the best possible way "Hot Swing, Cool Jazz" shows everybody exactly how good Nancy Osborne is at what she does. So, from this reviewer, 5 stars, I love it.
- Will Jennings, Grammy & Academy Award Winning Songwriter
Hot, Hot, Hot, Cool, Cool, Cool, and Swing, Swing, Swing...Nancy Osborne has the right ingredients that add up to spicy textures, on target pitch and just pure fun. So many release in jazz spend an absorbent amount of time trying to be complex, over-thought out and so technical that the general populous cannot begin to understand the message. Osborne's message is loud and clear on "Hot Swing, Cool Jazz". You feel your whole body becoming a part of the experience. Not only is Osborne infectious but her vocal delivery is superbly rich in tone and delivery. Osborne is back by a plethora of seasoned professionals that make this recipe "De-Lovely".
- Constance Tucker, All About Vocals
Much of the program centers on these band arrangements which highlight Osborne's voice so well. Osborne's enthusiasm spreads all over the room and brings a positive glow to songs such as "All That Jazz", "Georgia On My Mind", "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead". Osborne makes each selection stand out and closes the album with a strong finish on "As Long As I'm Singing" with a swinging manner and a cool texture.
- Jim Santella, LA Jazz Scene
...What do I mean by vocally smiling? Adding little nuances such as laughing while singing, playful glissandos at the beginning and end of phrases, vocal growls and an overtone of someone singing while smiling, one knows when talking to someone on the phone if the other person is talking while smiling, and one gets that same message throughout the CD while listening to Osborne sing.
- H. Allen Williams, Jazzreview
A big band and a swinging singer are the ingredients for a super album, and here it is for you to enjoy, from steamy ballads to up tempo rockers...So, for a hot and cool treat, this album will do the trick for you connoisseurs of swinging jazz.
- John Gilbert, EJazz News - 5 Stars
If you're not old enough to have experienced the "big band with a gal singer" era, this will give you an idea of what it was all about.
- George Fendel, Jazzscene
She's a talented entertainer with a gifted voice. Groove with a strong cocktail to this vocal jazz number with boisterous swing numbers abound!
- J. Sin, Smother Magazine