Scott Yanow, author of The Jazz Singers, The Great Jazz Guitarists, Jazz On Film and Jazz On

“Hollie Baines, based in New Jersey, has been performing jazz, standards, blues and contemporary material regularly since the mid-1990s. On her newest release, A Little Bit Blue, she infuses the blues into a wide variety of jazzy material. Baines is joined by guitarist-musical director Doug Clarke, bassist Steve Varner, drummer Rudy Petchauer, Steve Jankowski on trumpet and flugelhorn and production, and either John Simon or Tommy Labella on reeds. The set begins with a powerful version of “Please Send Me Someone To Love” that reveals Hollie Baines to be a real powerhouse, assisted by Labella’s alto (which recalls Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson). Other highlights of this enjoyable CD include Jobim’s “Meditation”, “Soft Winds”; Joe Sample’s swinging “Soul Shadows” and Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw It Away”. Hollie Baines puts plenty of feeling into everything she sings on A Little Bit Blue, and her highly expressive vocals are a joy to hear.”