Be it the beseeching “The Light is With Me,” the quirky “I’m Going Sane (One Day At a Time),” or the churchy “Loved by Love,” Kim’s versatility reveals itself in each song. She is unrestrained, soulful, cool, throaty, and, most importantly, present to the music’s asking. Rudd leads and follows her; sometimes loping alongside her, as he does in his oft-revisited “Bamako.” His sound is raspy and wide-cut in all ranges, but he senses when to adjust to the subtleties of his singer. Whether it be a beautifully bowed introduction (“Whatever Turns You On Baby”) or a dashing solo (“Suh Blah Blah Buh Sibi”), bassist Bradley Jones and pianist Lafayette Harris gracefully support and enhance the 10 performances on Keep Your Heart Right. To quote Rudd, “Songs—it’s about the songs.” www.sunnysiderecords.com.