Two years ago, newcomer Nicky Schrire made an auspicious (if underappreciated) debut with Freedom Flight, a collection of jazz standards, pop covers and originals all supported by a full band. For her sophomore release, again spanning standards, pop and self-penned material, Schrire opts for far leaner settings, just voice and piano. Two of the finest players in jazz, Gil Goldstein and Gerald Clayton, join her for four tracks each. The remaining four find her partnered with emerging Cuban pianist and film composer Fabian Almazan, perhaps best known for his work in Terence Blanchard’s group.
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