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Jessica Molaskey: Sitting in Limbo

Among radio’s greatest pleasures is each weekly installment of Radio Deluxe, two hours of great jazz and smart, sassy repartee from John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, the hippest husband-and-wife team since Louis Prima and Keely Smith. If you’ve longed for a full-length collaboration by Molaskey and Pizzarelli, this is (sorta) it. Yes, it’s Molaskey’s name above the title and her voice (an angelic instrument that melds the relaxed wisdom of Joni Mitchell to the smart sophistication of Ann Hampton Callaway) that dominates all 12 tracks. But Pizzarelli’s fingerprints are everywhere. He produced the disc, plays guitar, co-wrote the album’s two original songs with Molaskey and adds vocal accompaniment on two others. (For good measure, there’s even a bonus Pizzarelli, John’s brother and bandmate Martin, on bass.)

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