June 19, 1978 12:00 PM

Kate Taylor

Her singing lacks the rhythmic drive and masterfully turned inflections of big brother James (though she does use his odd long “A” sounds—as in “sail AY-way”). But Kate does have a sturdy vocal clarity and she also has JT himself—producing, arranging and singing backup. His sharp music sense and his humor make this, Kate’s second, a very appealing album. The song mix is deft—from Ike Turner’s A Fool in Love to a winning brother-sister duet on a ’60s rock tune, It’s in His Kiss, which is reminiscent of James’ clever resurrection of another simpleminded oldie, Handy Man. The arrangements are bolstered by such drop-in talent as Carly Simon, percussionist Ralph MacDonald and alto-sax man David Sanborn.

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