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Tony Cimorosi & Saundra Silliman: Duotones

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Saundra Silliman may be the best-kept secret in jazz. As both a vocalist and actress, she’s been gigging around New York since the mid-1980s and has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock and Lonnie Plaxico. But apart from a few MP3s on her outdated website, this brief (eight tracks spanning just 30 minutes) union with seasoned bassist Tony Cimorosi seems to represent her debut album.

With Cimorosi opting for elegant but decidedly low-key accompaniment, Silliman is exposed in the spotlight, but she is fully up to the challenge. Her voice suggests the richness of Sarah Vaughan tempered by the charming modesty of Maxine Sullivan. Her phrasing is as crystalline as Nancy Wilson’s.

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