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Nicole Pasternak: In A Word

Read "In A Word" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

On her fifth album, In A Word, Nicole Pasternak explores the import of lyrics in vocal music. Curiously, what stand out most are Pasternak's confident, straightforward scat solos--especially on “Four, where the dialogue with her band of accomplished jazz instrumentalists is a purely musical one. But when it comes to words, Pasternak has chosen some of the best.

A veteran of the Great American Songbook, Pasternak draws on material from both inside and outside the traditional jazz repertoire to support ...