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by Sachal Vasandani


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Sachal Vasandani's second CD shows he is maturing as a jazz singer and composer, continuing to refine his approach while landing safely in flat fields of open expanse. His voice rarely wavers or explores upper or lower registers; rather, it stays within a comfort zone that avoids much of a challenge. This consistency serves his songs and his audience well, working within a current trend of singers who stay within specific rhythmic boundaries and don't really push the envelope. Vasandani is helped by pianist Jeb Patton and a backing trio that has been with the vocalist for almost a decade, while co-producers John Clayton and guitarist Doug Wamble give him a bit of a push here and there, mixing up standards with subtle originals. The title track shows the most originality in a steady, repeating, and wistful mode; "Ring Road" (contributed by drummer Quincy Davis) has Vasandani in a playful, ever cool mood; and "Don't Worry About Me" has that contemporary hip-hop rhythm originated by Ahmad Jamal under the singer's slick, level-headed style. The old Joe Williams number "By the River St. Marie" is bopped hard within the controlled dynamics of Vasandani's voice, and he goes for some scat on the intro of the combo tune "Once in a While" and Patton's "Horizons." The group covers the chestnuts "No More" and Thelonious Monk's "Monk's Dream," both with lyrics penned by Jon Hendricks, but the results are not optimal or perfect. Where the singer is most convincing crops up in an elegant, confident manner on "Escape/There's a Small Hotel," but especially during "There Are Such Things," a serene interpretation that comes straight from the heart. The most unusual arrangement is more in a baroque or chamber style on the low-key "Royal Eyes," which merges effectively into a small samba. After two recordings, Sachal Vasandani has found somewhat of a niche, but needs to ramp it up creatively and take more chances in order to stand out from the small group of contemporary male jazz vocalists.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203104624
catalogNumber: 1046
Rank: 234492

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sachal Vasandani   Primary Artist,Vocals
Vincent Gardner   Trombone
Jeb Patton   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Justin Brown   Drums
Quincy Davis   Drums
Doug Wamble   Guitar,Keyboards
Dayna Stephens   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Wong   Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
John Clayton   Producer
M. Edwards   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Pryor   Producer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Jeb Patton   Arranger
Quincy Davis   Arranger
Doug Wamble   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Gretchen Carhartt   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Raj Naik   Art Direction
Sachal Vasandani   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Lynn Boisvery   grooming
T. Young   Composer
G. Meyer   Composer
H. Warren   Composer
R. Bloom   Composer
S. Adams   Composer
J. Mundy   Composer
B. Green   Composer

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