Kim Hoorweg, who was 19 at the time of this 2011 recording, is a powerful singer. Born in the Netherlands, she made her recording debut as a leader when she was just 15. Why Don’t You Do Right is her third recording.
Teamed with the sextet that calls itself the Houdini’s, Kim Hoorweg toured theaters before recording Why Don’t You Do Right, which is subtitled Remember Peggy Lee. On this CD, Ms. Hoorweg performs a dozen songs associated with Peggy Lee including “He’s A Tramp,” “Fever,” “Lover” “Johnny Guitar,” “Black Coffee” and the title track. She makes no attempt to sound like Peggy Lee, instead displaying a passionate and impressive extroverted style of her own. While she is a powerhouse, she does not overwhelm the material, instead bringing out new meanings to some of the lyrics.
The Houdini’s (comprised of trumpeter Angelo Verploegen, altoist Rolf Delfos, trombonist Ila Reijngoud, pianist Erwin Hoorweg, bassist Marius Beets and drummer Bram Wijland) contribute supportive ensembles and many concise solos with the pianist writing all of the arrangements. The standards are modernized without losing the essence of the original versions.
Why Don’t You Do Right acts as both a fine introduction to the singing of Kim Hoorweg and a way for today’s listeners to get acquainted with some of the songs made famous by Peggy Lee.