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The Song That Sings You Here

Chal­lenge Records Aus­tralian-born New Yorker Chris McNulty is a classy singer in the clas­sic style, emot­ing from the heart and giv­ing the lyrics their full mean­ing, but more than ca­pa­ble of mix­ing it with the band and im­pro­vis­ing with the best of them. And she has as­sem­bled an equally classy, hard-swing­ing group that in­cludes bassist Ugonna Okegwo, drum­mer Mar­cus Gil­more, Rus­sian sax­o­phon­ist Igor But­man and, most par­tic­u­larly, her hus­band, gui­tarist Paul Bol­len­beck. So what might oth­er­wise have been a leisurely stroll through well-worn stan­dards, in­clud­ing How Lit­tle We Know, On the Street Where You Live and Lonely Woman, be­comes a time­less slice of pure jazz that will con­found the skep­tics who think that swing is only fit for the mu­seum. chrism­c­

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