It's been a great pleasure for me to meet and work with Sarah Edmonds. I have a soft spot for good singers who love the music. Sarah's choice of material tells me she's not afraid to test the outer limits of the American Songbook, moving easily from Johnny Mandel to Paul Simon, with a side trip or two to Harold Arlen, and a short stop in Brazil. June Christy's cheeky modulations in "Taking a Chance On Love" might have daunted someone who didn't understand what was happening, but Sarah took them and ran with them. June would be proud, and so am I.
There's a lot going on here. Smart, supple arrangements, with soloists who are enjoying being there, and Sarah, who is a joy to listen to. You should listen too. You'll be pleasantly surprised.