Penelope Sai Sings 007 Penelope Sai MGM/Planet For her fourth album release, Sydney vocalist Penelope Sai has chosen 14 James Bond songs, accompanied by her established trio led by pianist Sean Mackenzie plus a couple of guests. While some of these songs have been almost done to death by so many recordings, Sai manages to reimagine them, stripping some back, delivering seductive interpretations and occasional doses of humour. Perhaps the best known is the title song from the 1964 film Goldfinger where Sai breathes a sexy rendition into the lyrics, and violinist Didier Lockwood plus Scotty Barnhart on trumpet bring depth and flair to this overworked song. The vocalist previously has recorded a successful version of Diamonds are Forever and, with some impressive trumpet work from Barnhart, repeats the song here. The 1979 title song from the film Moonraker is taken at a slow tempo and develops impressive depth of feeling, aided by Mackenzie’s flourishing piano additions. A delicate violin intro begins From Russia With Love as the song segues into a soft Latin beat and Lockwood adds a profound violin solo ahead of Sai’s interpretative final chorus. Barnhart’s trumpet takes front stage for an extended solo on Thunderball and adds the fills when the vocalist returns to end the song with some mild scat. You Only Live Twice receives a soft ballad treatment with a silky smooth trumpet and piano interlude heralding Sai’s return chorus and leading the way to conclusion. This is a polished collection of many well-known songs given individual treatment by the vocalist, soloists, and the arrangements.