Nate Birkey

Indelibly You

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Displaying the trumpeter/vocalist's obvious love of the cool West Coast jazz sound of the 1950s, Indelibly You also reveals some unexpected surprises. Delving into varied instrumental arrangements, Nate Birkey features violins on "Natalie" -- the disc highlight -- in a style reminiscent of Jewish folk melodies, while "On to Guadalupe" begins with a nice gospel-influenced piano intro that eventually morphs into a Latin number. Elsewhere, Birkey nails pianist Russ Freeman's Chet Baker vehicle, "Happy Little Sunbeam," and puts his trademark vocal imprint onto "It Never Entered My Mind."

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