" Person Natalie’s most recent EP features the energetic alto-saxophonist performing five originals that showcase her bluesy and thoughtful but passionate playing. She grew up in Southern California, played violin when she was six, switching to alto when she was a teenager and working for a time in her father’s top 40 band. While she has performed a wide variety of music, playing with the jazz ensemble at Saddleback College helped focus her interest on jazz.
Dark Horses and Yellow Canaries begins with the menacing strut “Crash Burn Peace Love” which features an expressive and effective vocal by her aunt Jackie Young. “Spark In Flight” has a funky groove set by the keyboards. Person Natalie plays quite freely and creatively over the rhythmic backing. The piece becomes atmospheric during its last part, musically depicting an adventurous flight.
“Day’s Song” is an attractive pop tune that is a little reminiscent of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” although with a different melody. Person Natalie is heard at her best on “Satwiwa,” which has a catchy melody over a haunting rhythm, and the soulful “Little Lazy Bird.”
While the music is danceable on Dark Horses and Yellow Canaries, Person Natalie displays an original sound and plenty of potential, often stretching herself. She has a bright future."
Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian