Ann Savoy has explored Cajun and zydeco music and collaborated with Linda Ronstadt (last year’s Adieu False Heart). Her new disc is a well-executed set of jazz-tinged standards that demonstrates her versatility as a vocalist. Savoy swings on the title track, co-written by Benny Goodman, and convincingly explores the emotional complexities of Rodgers & Hart’s “Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered”. In a nod to her Louisiana roots, Savoy performs three songs in French, including a Gypsy-flavored version of Django Reinhardt’s “Melodie Au Crepuscle”. Her band, which includes four-fifths of the Red Stick Ramblers plus her sons Wilson and Joel, provides strong support without overpowering her vocals. The all-acoustic setting provides a vibrant, intimate backdrop for the songs.
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