AN­GELA HA­GEN­BACH The Way They Make Me Feel (Res­o­nance Records)

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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

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