TWIN DAN­GER,

Pasatiempo - - PASA TEMPOS - — Paul Wei­de­man

Self-ti­tled, (CAM Jazz) Twin Dan­ger singer Vanessa Bley is the daugh­ter of free-jazz pi­anist Paul Bley, who she re­calls would tell her, “You can ei­ther sit down at the pi­ano and im­pro­vise, or you can do the dishes.” Al­ready the front­woman of the rock band Beast Pa­trol in 2013, Bley hooked up with Sade gui­tarist/sax­o­phon­ist/co-founder Stu­art Matthew­man at the sug­ges­tion of Estonian pop singer Kerli, with whom she wrote “Creepshow.” Twin Dan­ger is a dif­fer­ent an­i­mal: densely ro­man­tic. The opener, “Point­less Sat­is­fac­tion,” starts with tenor sax­o­phone and guitar and Bley re­lent­lessly breathy, sexy, and oh so re­laxed. Fill­ing the slinky, so­phis­ti­cated, nightlife vibe, Matthew­man’s sax voice is as sexy as Bley’s vo­cal in­stru­ment. Lis­ten­ing to this mu­sic, you’re go­ing to want to close your eyes and dream. The al­bum also has some se­ri­ous jazz cre­den­tials, with bassist Larry Gre­nadier, trum­peter Michael Leon­hart, and, on two tracks, pi­anist Gil Gold­stein. “You’re Ev­ery­thing” is a warm and de­li­cious bal­lad, Bley also on pi­ano and Matthew­man play­ing clar­inet. Just when you’re wish­ing for a pep­pier tune, for con­trast, we come to the al­bum’s only cover, Queens of the Stone Age’s “No One Knows,” which adds Beast Pa­trol key­boardist An­thony March­esi and gui­tarist Robert Granata to the mix. Still, if you’re fa­mil­iar with Beast Pa­trol, you might wish for a lit­tle more sweat and grit a la “Plas­ter.”

Twin Dan­ger is un­apolo­get­i­cally, and won­der­fully, lus­cious.

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