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Alyssa Graham: Echo

Alyssa Graham

One of those rare hybrids whose jazz, pop and folk-rock roots, when entwined, equal far more than the sum of their parts, New Yorker Alyssa Graham takes the distingué hauntedness of Helen Merrill, marries it to the purity of Karen Carpenter and then adds a roiling undercurrent of Melanie Safka.

Two years ago, Graham began inching toward the wide recognition she’s long been worthy of with the stunning, all-standards collection What Love Is, an achievement made all the more impressive by the fact that she and guitarist husband Douglas Graham produced and recorded the entire disc in the living room of their apartment. Now, they’ve been given the chance to stretch out-physically, technically and lyrically. Among the accompanists, Douglas is the only holdover from the previous album. He is joined by 10 exemplary players, including pianist/organist/French horn player Jon Cowherd (who also serves as producer), bassist Doug Weiss, percussionist Jeff Haynes and guitarist Romero Lubambo. Together, they craft backdrops that seem the equivalent of coolly shaded tiles, against which Alyssa’s rich, muted plumage softly brushes.

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