Comes a Time Sharny Russell Treasure House Music Sydney vocalist Sharny Russell’s new album, a follow-up to her 2003 recording A Good Thing on Hold, features nine of her originals and she accompanies herself on piano on 10 of the 13 tracks. The opener, Set Yourself Free, is her own bop-style composition and features a lively piano solo by Bill Risby, while the standard I’m Beginning to See the Light is taken at a slower and different style of tempo to most recorded versions, and adds a melodic alto sequence from Paul Cutlan. Risby also plays a rollicking arrangement on another original, Never Goes Out of Style, and a little rubato is added with I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face, adding Russell’s high register duet with David Nuttall’s oboe. Another original, Top of the World, is a jaunty outing co-written by Melbourne composer Jared Haschek featuring Cutlan’s swinging clarinet, Russell’s scat chorus and followed by her piano. Piano is also to the fore in the standard ballad Wild is the Wind, and Cutlan contributes an appropriately languid passage on tenor sax. The vocalist’s Calling Out My Name has some impressive guitar work by Jeremy Sawkins, both solo and in establishing the infectious Latin rhythm underpinning a cappella scat and group backing vocals. The closer, Stella a Cappella by Victor Young, is an unaccompanied, lightly skipping scat vocal that climbs ever higher to its conclusion. This is a satisfying vocal album, not a world-breaker, but with some enterprising interpretations of several standards plus most of the vocalist’s originals all well-arranged and with numerous inventive solos.