To the ever-growing roster of Seattleites with genuine vocal sass, you can now add the name Laura Welland. Surely, I’m assuming, the only song stylist to ever abandon a successful engineering career to pursue music, Welland started out as a trumpeter, switched to bass, then finally, midway through an instrumental recording session, opened her mouth to sing. Result? As demonstrated a dozen times on her debut album, Love Is Never Out of Season (OA2), Welland’s a little bit Blossom Dearie and a little bit Ann Hampton Callaway, with feet planted firmly in both the jazz and cabaret camps.
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