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Holli Ross: You’ll See

After more than a quarter-century with various vocal groups, including the fine, retro-fitted female trio String of Pearls, jazz educator and vocal therapist Holli Ross has pulled an Annie Ross and delivered her first solo album. Ross’ voice suggests a star sapphire: deep, indigo-hued and immaculately pure, yet shot through with a captivating smokiness.

She opens, alongside pianist Ted Rosenthal, with a soft “Wedding Bell Blues” that illuminates Laura Nyro’s yearning lyric far better than the famous Fifth Dimension version. From there she moves in various directions with equal skill and ease, dipping into the standards bag for a peppy “Pick Yourself Up,” a lightly frothed “Lucky to Be Me,” a sultry “Do Nothing Till You Here From Me” that stops just short of bump-and-grind, and a scorching “Alone Together” superbly propelled by drummer Matt Wilson.

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