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Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz/Gary Versace: The Subject Tonight Is Love (Binxtown)

Review of album from vocalist accompanied by guitarist Keith Ganz and keyboardist Gary Versace

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Cover of Kate McGarry album The Subject Tonight Is Love
Cover of Kate McGarry album The Subject Tonight Is Love

Though they’ve intersected on various projects over the years, vocalist Kate McGarry, her husband, guitarist Keith Ganz, and keyboardist Gary Versace at long last make their trio debut. Literally and figuratively, it is a labor of love. The title comes from a 14th-century poem from Persian mystic Hafiz, read by McGarry on the introductory track. Across the balance of the album, the seamless, exquisitely crafted interplay of the three principals evinces mutual, intertwined respect so powerful that it surely represents love, personal and professional, of the highest order.

As always, McGarry, a singer of unique interpretive dynamism, her cool delivery underscored by immense emotional warmth, shines forth, while Ganz and Versace prove sublime masters of subtlety. There’s romantic love found: a diaphanous “Secret Love”; brightly contented “What a Difference a Day Made,” propelled by Ganz’s lustrous “Mr. Sparkle”; and misty “My Funny Valentine.” And love lost: a breezily blasé “Gone With the Wind”; gorgeously ruminative “Indian Summer”; and McGarry’s scalding, vengeful “Losing Strategy #4.”

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