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Annette Sanders & Bob Florence: You Will Be My Music

When done right, few jazz experiences are as sweetly, soothingly satisfying as voice, piano and nothing more. Tony Bennett’s teamings with Bill Evans come immediately to mind, as does Bill Charlap’s pairing with his mother, singer Sandy Stewart, on 2005’s Love Is Here to Stay. This union of veteran keyboardist, producer, arranger and bandleader Bill Florence and comparative neophyte Annette Sanders (widely recognized for her film and commercial work, but lesser known for the quartet of jazz discs she’s headlined in recent years) is of the same caliber.

Florence’s feathery touch, as softly inviting as waves lapping against a sandy shore, provides satin foundation for Sanders, whose slight but appealing voice suggests both the plaintive theatricality of Barbara Cook and the honeyed playfulness of Blossom Dearie. It’s hardly unexpected that such temperately reflective tunes as “Never Let Me Go,” “You Must Believe In Spring,” “Every Time We Say Goodbye” and “How Deep Is the Ocean” work beautifully in so placid and tender a setting.

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