Sandy Graham

By Request

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Sandy Graham, an excellent singer based in the Los Angeles area, recorded this set in answer to her fans, filling the program with some of the songs she is requested to perform the most. Accompanied by some of L.A.'s top straight-ahead players (most notably veteran pianist Gerald Wiggins) with guest spots for tenor saxophonist Herman Riley and an occasional string section, Graham is heard throughout in prime form. She swings each piece yet gives the lyrics close attention. Among the many highlights are "By Request" (which she wrote herself), "Close Enough for Love," "Love Story," and a medley of "Here's That Rainy Day" and "It's Nice Weather for Ducks." Overall, this is a definitive set and highly recommended.

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