Friday, April 7, 2017

Anandi " Anandi" (self-titled)

Some years ago, Anandi switched her allegiance from songwriter-pop to jazz singing. Now three albums into that decision, it's easy to see that it was a very good one. On her new CD she works with pianists and arrangers Mike Horsfall and Jasnam Daya Singh along with Portland veterans Dave Captein on bass and Charlie Doggett on drums. Anandi takes some new roads on old standards now and then. The opener, "Unchained Melody", made famous by the great Al Hibbler, is taken at an almost brisk tempo and includes a bit of vocal overdubbing. And "My Funny Valentine" gets all dressed up with a funky backbeat! There are a few surprise choices such as Meredith Wilson's "Till There Was You"---a very pretty tune, but not one usually found in the jazz arena. Or how about her comfort and skill with Brazilian fare such as "Quiet Nights" and "Tristeza". Film composer Dimitri Tiomkin wrote "Wild Is The Wind" and Anandi gives it a dramatic treatment. On these and other well chosen tunes in a variety of tempos, Anandi continues to impress as a singer to be recognized and admired.
Lake Lady Music; 2016; 55:05 min.

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