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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.”

Even when she (and the boys) moderate the tempo on such comparatively delicate delights as “A Hundred Years From Today” and “Detour Ahead,” there’s no missing how much energy is percolating right below the surface. Fans of Montreal’s retro-hip Susie Arioli will delight in Richardson, Flanigan and company’s ability to harness a similarly enervating liveliness.

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