“When Cairncross sings “Where Or When,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay”- which opens with her delightful unaccompanied alto voice and features one of Newton’s rare but perfectly-judged solos – or “The Nearness Of You” she makes every word count. Her voice, technically excellent and emotionally engaging, gives each lyric a very personal perspective, as if these are her stories, not just her interpretation of others’ tales. It’s the mark of a great jazz vocalist…….
Imagination and creativity can still produce new interpretations that can go straight to the emotional core of the lyric and straight to the audience’s collective heart. Which is exactly what happens when Cairncross and Newton get together on At Last“