A few months ago Sara Caswell received her MM in jazz violin from the Manhattan School of Music. Her sophomore release, But Beautiful, could have easily been her thesis. A student of both classical and jazz music, Caswell incorporates her passion for both genres naturally in this well-thought-out recording. Her interpretation of an eclectic group of songs by composers of popular standards, jazz, contemporary pop and traditional music makes for an interesting journey without a bump in the road. Caswell’s playing is precise, crisp and confident, and her classical training serves to add an extra beauty to what are essentially jazz arrangements.
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