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Sherry Winston: For Your Love

It can be tough to cover a well-known pop song on the flute and not make it sound like something you’d hear at a high-end department store, but Sherry Winston succeeds wonderfully on Beyoncé’s “Naughty Girl,” her flute working its Middle Eastern snake-charmer charms. You’d think “Roxanne” might get a bit sappy, but Winston pulls it off by making the chorus her winning own instead of doubling the Police’s note-by-note original.

Of course, Winston has an idea of what she’s doing, as she’s been a jazz promoter for GRP, Columbia, Arista and Elektra. She does best with her Latin-inflected tunes such as “Caribbean Nites” and “Overboard,” as well as with a classic like “My Funny Valentine.” On “Silent Prayer” and “Chase the Clouds Away,” the vocals of Isaac Clemon and Lori Anne Williams make for Quiet Storm charm, while the flutist shows she can kick it up a bit with “Sherry Love,” a groove with jangly guitar.

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