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Janice Friedman Trio: Swingin’ for the Ride

For years, Janice Friedman restricted her vocal efforts to the confines of her home, singing along with her piano improvisations. Then love happened. Friedman got married, and her husband, David Prager, was so impressed with her singing and playing that, she says, “His enthusiasm was the encouragement needed to allow me to … do both.”

Like other instrumentalists turned sometime vocalists Chet Baker, Oscar Peterson and Buddy Rich, Friedman’s innate musicality enables her to make the most of a limited range, parlaying a slightly course, suede-like sound into a style as appealing and intelligent as that of Baker or Annie Ross. Of the five Friedman originals included among the dozen tracks, four might be considered “honeymoon jazz,” filled with sweet sentiments about the joys of newfound amour.

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