It’s been just over a decade since Sachal Vasandani emerged as one of the most compelling singer/songwriters in postmillennial jazz. To date, his own compositions have always figured prominently in his recordings. Now, for the exquisite Shadow Train, his fifth release as a leader, he focuses exclusively on jazz and pop standards; the album’s 10 tracks extend from Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer to Bill Evans and the Gibb brothers. Key to the project’s sublimity is all-star accompaniment from pianist Taylor Eigsti (featured on Vasandani’s previous disc, the all-originals-but-one Slow Motion Miracles), bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Eric Harland, saxophonist Dayna Stephens, and guitarist Nir Felder.
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