For a singer of Jackie Ryan’s superlative facility and appeal, four years is far too long between albums. Fortunately, Ryan’s latest, her fourth Open Art release, proves well worth the wait. Indeed, if there’s any lingering doubt, You and the Night and the Music confirms Ryan’s status as one of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation and, quite possibly, of all time. She is the thoroughbred vocal equivalent of the Triple Crown, rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall.
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