ANGELA HAGENBACH The Way They Make Me Feel (Resonance Records)
This is the sort of album that may take you back — in the best way possible — to memories of late-1960s cinema, what with its retrospective homage to three film composers: Michel Legrand, Henry Mancini, and Johnny Mandel. Kansas City-born Angela Hagenbach thankfully doesn’t always make the obvious choice in material, for while Mancini’s standard “Charade” is included on the album, so is Legrand’s often overlooked “His Eyes, Her Eyes” (the theme song to the caper flick The Thomas Crown Affair, which got lost in the tidal wave of that film’s “Windmills of Your Mind”). The album’s first cut, “Cinnamon and Clove” (Mandel) features a bouncy bossa nova beat that’s quite danceable, while Legrand’s “Summer Me, Winter Me,” will make you want to light the fireplace, pour the wine, pull out the bearskin rug, and invite a paramour to enjoy the sensuality of the song. Hagenbach’s silky, smooth voice is supported by a first-class lineup of musicians, including Tamir Hendelman on piano and Willie Murillo on trumpet. This is smooth and sexy jazz, and most important, Hagenbach performs like she’s having fun. So will you.
— Robert Nott