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Judi Silvano: Let Yourself Go

Maybe because she did let herself go, Judi Silvano may finally have the breakthrough CD she deserves. She’s been paying her dues since biting the Apple in the mid-’80s. Now, with everybody on the disc handpicked by the Philadelphia-born Silvano, she turned these sessions into an 80th birthday gift for her mom-the inspiration for the choice of material, which happens to coincide with Judi’s: the Great American Songbook.

It explains why her brother Dan is on trombone, sister Nita adds some vocalese and why Michael Abene did all the arrangements and conducts the 11 pieces, including outstanding players such as soprano/alto saxophonist Dick Oatts, trumpeter/flugelhornist Ingrid Jensen and bassist Rufus Reid. It also explains the sheer joy conveyed by Silvano.

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