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Hanna Richardson and Phil Flanigan: Simply… With Spirit

Bassist Phil Flanigan and his compatriots (guitarists Chris Flory and Bob Sneider, violinist Johnny Frigo and drummer Mike Melito) have the bounce of Tigger on a sugar high, providing an ideal set of springs for cocoa-voiced Hanna Richardson as she winds her way through 16 soft-swingin’ standards.

Richardson’s warm/cool dichotomy, simultaneously suggesting the frosted richness of Chris Connor and tousled sexiness of Julie London, gets quite a workout as she enlivens the already peppy likes of “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” “I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out,” “Don’t Let It Bother You,” “Oh!ww Look at Me Now” and “Slap That Bass.”

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