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Bonnie Strickman: Wonders Never Cease

Strickman sings with a wistful purity of tone. She eschews affectation and look-at-me! melodrama, but she also eschews swing. Result: a diverse and interesting menu of art-songs, closer in feel to drawing-room lieder than to jazz. Hillel Dolgenas, piano, supplied the tasty arrangements (“There Shall Be No Night,” arranged by Freddie Bryant, featured on guitar); with Scott Lee, bass and Akira Tana, drums.

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