This is a first jazz album for Nazia Chaudhry, who performs professionaly as Naz, but you’d never know it. She has the poise and confidence of someone who’s been doing this for a long time.
In the mood for a intimate band, that clearly has respect for each other, and an understanding that the girl singer is the star?
These are your guys.
Ms. Chaudhry is surrounded with a group of musicians who know exactly how to make the singer look good.
Not that it takes a lot of work – she’s blessed with a sparkling voice, power to spare, and the experience to know how to use it.
Most important – the guys behind her know when *not* to play.
The ten tracks range from old classics (1954’s “Fly Me To The Moon“) to more modern material – Jobim’s “Só Danço Samba” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.”
Drummer Sean P. Jones co-produces with Ms. Chaudhry. Classic arrangements with just enough of a twise to make them new.
And a lively and engaging…very gifted vocalist.
This set is very highly recommended.
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