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Louise Rogers: Come Ready and See Me

Hers is a pure, incandescent voice, free of affectation or obvious influence. Rather like a moonbeam transported from a distant solar system, it glows with an easy, comfortable assuredness that simultaneously seems old as time, new as dawn and promising as tomorrow. Louise Rogers could, if she chose to, use her crystalline instrument to tremendous advantage as a singer of standards or show tunes or pop hits. Indeed, here on her latest album, she injects Hammerstein and Kern’s “The Song Is You” with a joyful effervescence that suggests the ebullient bounce of A.A. Milne’s Tigger and rescues Leo Robin’s “Louise” from its 1930s Maurice Chevalier mothballs.

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