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Sandy Sasso: Hands On

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The music business being what it is, artists increasingly need to be DIY experts. Case in point: New Jersey vocalist Sandy Sasso, who has established herself as a one-woman dynamo. Sasso not only sings on all 12 tracks of Hands On, but also served as executive producer and principal arranger, partnered on mixing and mastering, composed two of the selections and released the album on her own label.

As evident across her three previous discs, Sasso’s tremendous appeal remains tripartite. First, there’s the voice: smoky and slightly husky à la Julie London but far more powerful, suggesting the pop-jazz verve of Linda Ronstadt, with whom she shares the benefit of having worked with Nelson Riddle.

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