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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Many critics have lamented the relatively rare appearance of memorable male jazz vocalists over a stretch of several decades. Sachal Vasandani is a promising singer gifted with a wide range and an expressive, strong tone that brings out the essence of each lyric. His third CD finds him backed by pianist Jeb Patton whose work with the Heath Brothers has garnered considerable praise, bassist David Wong, and drummer Kendrick Scott. The imaginative arrangement of the standard "The Very Thought of You" is a group effort with a strong assist from Erik Privert, utilizing a breezy Latin rhythm and featuring a potent backing line by guest John Ellis on tenor sax. Two duets feature ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Many critics have lamented the relatively rare appearance of memorable male jazz vocalists over a stretch of several decades. Sachal Vasandani is a promising singer gifted with a wide range and an expressive, strong tone that brings out the essence of each lyric. His third CD finds him backed by pianist Jeb Patton whose work with the Heath Brothers has garnered considerable praise, bassist David Wong, and drummer Kendrick Scott. The imaginative arrangement of the standard "The Very Thought of You" is a group effort with a strong assist from Erik Privert, utilizing a breezy Latin rhythm and featuring a potent backing line by guest John Ellis on tenor sax. Two duets feature the legendary vocalist Jon Hendricks: a hilarious rendition of "One Mint Julip," which also has some fun-filled scat singing by both men, and Randy Weston's "Hi-Fly," which adds a newly written lyric by Vasandani. The leader's rich voice is best on display with his thoughtful interpretation of "Here Comes the Honey Man" a duet with Patton, which segues directly into "There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York" both pieces are from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, the latter in which Vasandani's vocal sounds as if it has long been part of his repertoire. The singer also penned several originals, including the hip "Babe's Blues" featuring the rising young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and the haunting, deliberate ballad "Flood." There's an obvious hint of Frank Sinatra in his moving performance of "All the Way," a duet with Patton that closes the album with a flourish.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • UPC: 673203106024
  • Catalog Number: 1060
  • Sales rank: 181,476

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sachal Vasandani Primary Artist, Vocals
Jon Hendricks Vocals
Jeb Patton Piano, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Kendrick Scott Drums
Ambrose Akinmusire Trumpet
David Wong Bass
John Ellis Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Randy Weston Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
John Clayton Arranger, Producer
Howard Dietz Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Al Pryor Producer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Maria Ehrenreich Producer, Creative Services Coordinator
DuBose Heyward Composer
Myles Weinstein Booking
Fritz Rotter Composer
Raj Naik Art Direction
Amy Winehouse Composer
Sachal Vasandani Arranger, Composer
Inbal Neer grooming
John Peace Photo Assistance
M. Rotha Composer
Erik Privert Arranger, Composer
Gretchen Valade Executive Producer
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