Since her return to Stockholm in 1996 and her subsequent signing with the German-based ACT label, Swedish singer-songwriter Rigmor Gustafsson has recorded three fine sets of covers, including a Bacharach-David tribute done in tandem with pianist Jacky Terrasson and a classy salute to the music of Michel Legrand. Now, with Alone With You, which has already earned her top jazz prize at the Swedish equivalent of the Grammy Awards, Gustafsson shapes her first album of entirely original material. On previous ACT sessions, brass (particularly the trombone of Nils Landgren) has always been strongly present. Here, Gustafsson opts for subtler backing, working with keyboards, guitar, bass and drums, allowing her arrestingly hearty voice to fully, properly shine.
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