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Carla Helmbrecht: Be Cool Be Kind

Seven years between CDs is too long for a talent as imaginative, as poetic and as sophisticated as Carla Helmbrecht’s. She’s hip without being frenetic, laid-back without sounding haphazard and, best of all, the lady swings without sweating.

Of course, such enviable traits could be geographical: Wisconsin-born Helmbrecht studied music at Texas Tech, and then honed her craft in San Francisco. Even in music, nature vs. nurture can be meaningful. But aside from being a natural, Helmbrecht also knows what kind of musical friends to keep.

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