Fresh and lo­cal

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BLACK GAR­DE­NIA LUCKY STAR

Black Gar­de­nia’s sopho­more ef­fort is built on a brave idea. Mix­ing jazz and blues stan­dards with a num­ber of orig­i­nal tracks, the record could eas­ily have been a mis­match of qual­ity. Band leader Daphne Roubini, how­ever, makes sure that’s not a pos­si­bil­ity. Lend­ing her Bil­lie Hol­i­day–es­que lilt to clas­sics like T-bone Walker’s gruff “I’m Just Waitin’ for Your Call” and adding a folk twist to Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”, Roubini ex­pertly ties the cov­ers to­gether with her rich, vel­vety vo­cals. Trans­port­ing lis­ten­ers back to a time of mar­ti­nis, lounge suits, and hazy cig­a­rette smoke, all with an au­dio clar­ity that eludes re­mas­tered edi­tions of jazz clas­sics, Black Gar­de­nia of­fers au­thor­i­ta­tive modern ver­sions of those sta­ples. The fact that Roubini’s orig­i­nals are in­dis­tin­guish­able among the stacked lineup is the big­gest com­pli­ment of all.

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