Sandy Sasso

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Sandy Sasso, a veteran singer based in New Jersey, has a warm and deep voice along with an accent that seems impossible to trace. On her debut recording she is joined on a few selections by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra (under the direction of Christopher Riddle) and is also heard with some overlapping small groups; some of the selections were recorded live at a club. Sasso has likable phrasing and does a good job with the lyrics, swinging lightly without taking many liberties. She sounds a bit out of place on "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" (which is closely associated with Louis Jordan) and some of the other selections have been revived a bit too often through the years, but her spirit and lively approach work well. Hopefully she will be recording more in the future.

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