Libby York

Here With You

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Vocalist Libby York may have gotten a late start in her performing career, but one would never know from listening to these hip sessions. The cool-toned singer chose a number of timeless songs, arranged by Howard Alden, who also plays guitar on most of the tracks, though in more of a supporting role. She savors "But Beautiful" with a heartfelt performance and engages in a playful vocal duet with Warren Vaché (who also plays cornet on several selections) of "Walkin' My Baby Back Home." The easygoing bossa nova setting of "Look for the Silver Lining" and the subdued, romantic setting of "Flamingo" showcase her voice at its very best. Russell Malone plays guitar on three tracks, including lush duets with York of the standard "For All We Know" and a warm, swinging take of "A Beautiful Friendship," plus a loping, bluesy rendition of Wild Bill Davis' "Azure-Te (Paris Blues)." Veteran bassist Jon Burr and percussionist Vanderlei Pereira also provide excellent support to the singer.

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