“Wonderful interpretation of Black is the Colour”
“Her rendition of strange fruit is worth the ticket price alone.”
"Karen Underwood's powerful voice, warm personality and depth of feeling bring out the best in everything from jumping hard bop to poignant ballads."
"A powerful voice, warm personality and depth of feeling."
"She finds light in the darkness."
"Strange Fruit - that both beautiful and terrible song - is worth the admission price alone."
"She's got life!"
"There was throughout an unflinching and forthright approach by singer and accompanist in the distinctive reworking of 20 songs. Underwood has a terrific contralto voice but doesn’t trade on power and beauty of tone alone. The long sustained notes sometimes have a rough edge, tempos swing freely and always the sense that the lines come straight from the heart... She was wonderfully well supported by John O'Brien on piano, whose sophisticated arrangements imbued familiar repertoire with a freshness making it sound newly minted. There was an easy rapport between the two who are long time collaborators and who clearly relish performing this repertoire together."