Yve Evans

In a Sentimental Mood

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Yve Evans has often preferred a piano-trio format, but on her second album, In a Sentimental Mood, the vocalist is accompanied only by her own piano. Evans' primary emphasis is on standards of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, and like her previous release, 4 Jaz C Me, this CD ranges from the vulnerable and poignant to the humorous and goofy. Listeners should get a good laugh out of "If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It" and the cute tribute to Betty Boop, "I Wanna Be Loved by You," but the singer is deeply introspective on moving interpretations of "What'll I Do," "Night and Day," and "More Than You Know." Another high point of the disc is "Lover Man" -- while Billie Holiday's classic 1944 version was characterized by a lonely desperation, Evans brings more optimism to the ballad. Unfortunately, In a Sentimental Mood didn't liberate Evans from obscurity, but those who were lucky enough to hear the disc realized that it was something to savor.