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PWinter Moon predicted a bright future for this singer with the passionate delivery. Her Latest release does nothing to dim this prospect. The first album had a play list decidedly leaning toward the melancholy. While there is still some of this here, the program is peppered with bright tunes that highlight Sandhaus' fine sense of timing. You can hear this feel for the pace and for the beat on such cuts as "Too Close for Comfort" and "Please Be Kind". The play list shows that Sandhaus is not reluctant to try out unfamiliar material. The first cut and the album's coda, "I Think of You" is a nod to Fred (Mr. ) Rogers who has been showing kids, and their parents, around his neighborhood on TV for more than 30 years. The one concern with the delivery is Sandaus' predilection for broadening her a's sounding like a native New Yorker who never left the city, as with "ache" in "I'll Never Be the Same". A little diction work would help. At the same time this tune is decorated by some lovely lyrical bass by Michael Moore, the bassist of choice for many vocalists. But it's the romantic tunes that bring forth Sandhaus' ability to captivate the listener. She's pensive on "Spring Is Here", crestfallen on "You've Changed" and ardently optimistic on "For Heaven's Sake".
The album is complimented with the presence of a distinguished set of accompanists. In addition to Moore, husband Pete Malinverni is obviously sympathetic on piano and, as on her first album, veteran drummer Leroy Williams keeps the time adding a well placed rim shot or two along the way. A good second effort and recommended. Jody's Internet home is still at www.jodysandhaus.com.
Track Listing: I Think of You; I Like It Here; Spring Is Here; Too Marvelous for Words; Small Day Tomorrow; Too Close for Comfort; You've Changed; Close Your Eyes; For Heaven's Sake; Please Be Kind; I'll Never Be the Same; It's a Most Unusual Day; I Think of You
Personnel: Jody Sandhaus - Vocals; Pete Malinverni - Piano; Michael Moore - Bass; Leroy Williams - Drums