256

Sandy Sasso: All My Men

By

Sign in to view read count
Sandy Sasso: All My Men Sandy Sasso's voice is as rich as the brown eyes smiling on the cover of All My Men. The title and photo suggest a mere flirtation, but the artist delivers serious music with her smiles. In her liner notes she dedicates the album and her original composition, the title cut, to the musicians with whom she works—a venerable bunch, with the likes of Grady Tate on guest vocals and Onaje Allan Gumbs on piano. Marcus McLaurine (bass), Harry Allen (tenor sax), Bob DeVos (guitar), Desi Norman (vibes) and Joe Ascione (drums) complete Sasso's complement of top-notch session players.

Sasso, a hands-on singer, doesn't rest on the considerable talents of her cohorts; she contributes arrangements, additional lyrics and two originals to the disc. Aside from the originals—the aforementioned "All My Men and the whimsical, moderate swing tune "Just Whistlin' Along —Sasso prefers an inventive take on standards. She includes a bossa "Love For Sale," a traditional bluesy "Black Coffee and a snappy "Saturday Night Fish Fry. One surprise: Sasso's luscious version of "Tin Man, the 1974 pop hit by the band America, which lends itself effortlessly to the jazz ballad idiom.

A regular at the 55 Bar, Sasso enjoys an active performance schedule, primarily touring the Northeastern US and fronting all types of bands, from small combos to jazz orchestras. In her decades-long career Sasso has worked with several iconic bandleaders, like Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey and Nelson Riddle (under the direction of Riddle's son, Christopher, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra played on her first CD, Mixed Grill). She also counts heads of state among her esteemed listeners (Sasso performed for the late President Reagan at his second inauguration).

Despite such stellar credentials, Sasso's appeal is to the everyman (and everywoman). The album closes with her whistling into a fade, "just...digging life's tune, as her lyrics go. With All My Men, Sasso urges us to do the same.


Track Listing: Everything I

Personnel: Sandy Sasso, vocals and whistling; Grady Tate, guest vocal; Onaje Allan Gumbs, piano; Marcus McLaurine, bass; Harry Allen, tenor sax; Bob DeVos, guitar; Desi Norman, vibes; Joe Ascione, drums.

Title: All My Men | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Charlie Boy Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Eleven Cages CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Cages
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Afro-Caribbean Mixtape CD/LP/Track Review Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 27, 2017
Read The Late Trane CD/LP/Track Review The Late Trane
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Developing Story CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall) CD/LP/Track Review Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)
by Phil Barnes
Published: June 26, 2017
Read "Proverbe" CD/LP/Track Review Proverbe
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 15, 2017
Read "Just Get In" CD/LP/Track Review Just Get In
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 22, 2016
Read "Lello's Italian Job, Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Lello's Italian Job, Vol. 1
by Jim Olin
Published: September 9, 2016
Read "A Chicken in a Bottle" CD/LP/Track Review A Chicken in a Bottle
by Anthony Shaw
Published: April 17, 2017
Read "Back To Your Heart" CD/LP/Track Review Back To Your Heart
by Jeff Winbush
Published: January 13, 2017
Read "El Barranco" CD/LP/Track Review El Barranco
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 11, 2016

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.