Sandy Graham

Comes Love

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Sandy Graham is such a swinging and delightful singer that one wonders why she has recorded relatively little throughout her career. Her only previous set as a leader was for the now-defunct Muse label. For her long overdue second release, the singer performs 14 songs (including two versions of "Alone Together"), mostly well-known standards. The arrangements are full of subtle surprises, there is plenty of variety in moods and tempos, and her voice is in top form. Graham is assisted by some of Los Angeles' best: Alan Broadbent or Gerald Wiggins on piano, Kenny Burrell or Ron Anthony on guitar, bassist Bob West, drummer Harold Mason, and tenor saxophonist Herman Riley. Among the highlights are a sensitive "Wonder Why," "A Small Day Tomorrow," "The Island," "You're My Thrill," and a brief but effective "Russian Lullaby." Recommended.

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