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Vanessa Perea: Soulful Days

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At age 26, vocalist Vanessa Perea is just getting started. Prior to this debut, her recording experience spanned a total of two tracks on Australian drummer Andrew Swift’s Swift Kick from 2012, a tentative but tender “Alfie” and an accomplished take on Jimmy Heath’s “The Rio Dawn.” On Soulful Days she sounds 26, full of youthful sass, her vigor deftly enhanced by the mix of seasoned and rising players she’s surrounded by: pianist Dave Lantz, bassist Dylan Shamat, drummer Evan Sherman, trumpeter Mat Jodrell and trombonist/arranger Robert Edwards (from Swingadelic), with whom she seems to share a particularly powerful rapport.

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