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Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson: Dream in the Blue

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As vocalist Sara Gazarek has explained, she and pianist Josh Nelson have spent the past decade “growing up together, musically and personally.” Nelson is a band member on all four of Gazarek’s previous releases, she’s made guest appearances on two of his, and they’ve frequently collaborated as songwriters, their joint repertoire including three of the dozen tracks included here. For the past year and a half they’ve taken their professional partnership to a new level, touring in tandem and preparing Dream in the Blue, their debut duo album.

One of the purest-voiced, most compelling singers around, Gazarek has a singular style that suggests the marvelous slyness of Karrin Allyson blended with the folk-dusted litheness of Kate McGarry, underscored by an enticing soupcon of country. Nelson truly is her ideal musical match-his playing lean, mellow and subtly dramatic, with the same folk-country undercurrents.

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