Jody Sandhaus: I Think of You

Technically, Jody Sandhaus is more than proficient, with an impressive range and crystal clear intonation. She just doesn’t transport me. Listening to I Think of You (Consolidated Artists Productions CAP 954; 53:13), I never become fully engaged. The Gus Kahn classic “Please Be Kind” needs, for instance, a trembling sense of excitement, but when Sandhaus sings that her “love is on parade,” I don’t believe her. Her “You’ve Changed” comes without heartbreak or regret, and though her “Close Your Eyes” tries to harness the lyric’s sexual electricity, it doesn’t come close to Doris Day’s definitively orgasmic version. I Think of You does, however, include hints of future greatness. In addition to an appropriately sparkling “It’s a Most Unusual Day,” Sandhaus delivers an archly malevolent treatment of Bob Dorough’s biting “Small Day Tomorrow” that is a knockout.