Carmen Lundy’s voice has always been like a warm embrace. Her Code Noir is a wonderful mix of moods and colors, with flavorings of blues, soul and Brazilian samba. The project is also another solid showcase of Lundy as a composer, as she wrote or co-wrote the 12 tunes on the recording. The stellar lineup of musicians on this effort includes Patrice Rushen on piano, Ben Williams on bass, Jeff Parker on electric guitar, Kendrick Scott on drums and percussion and Elisabeth Oei on background vocals. Another work of aural excellence from this fantastic, versatile artist.