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Monika Herzig: Come With Me

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Pianist Monika Herzig’s second Owl Studios album is a supple affair of voicing and taste. The originals by this Indiana musician bespeak her catholic approach, particularly the jaunty “Italian Taxi Ride,” the brooding “Heavy Burden” and the sweeping title track memorializing a trip Herzig and her husband, guitarist Peter Kienle, made to their hometown in Germany.

Herzig also picks covers astutely, underlining the darkness within Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” and making Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia” a spare, soulful salute to the state they share. She turns Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” into a blues; Tom Clark’s tenor saxophone provides an earthiness the original lacks. These covers are transformations, all of them accessible. (Also catch Clark on soprano sax on “The Pianists Say,” a very pretty, swinging Herzig original.)

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