Sure-footed swing, sweet-toned harmony and ever insouciant charm are embodied in the new Jazz vocal trio Duchess, featuring notable New York singers Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou. The group's debut album - DUCHESS, channels the 1930's inspiration of the virtuosic Boswell Sisters into a wonderfully entertaining and contemporary package. Duchess pairs the vocal trio with an ace New York band: pianist Michael Cabe, bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Matt Wilson, plus saxophonist Jeff Lederer and guitarist Jessie Lewis. The songs of Duchess range from the Peggy Lee number "I Love Being Here with You" and Johnny Mercer's "P.S. I Love You" to new twists on "Que Sera, Sera" and the indelible standard "I'll Be Seeing You." There's a playful Gershwin rarity with "Blah, Blah, Blah" and a direct Boswell Sisters homage with their arrangement of "Heebie Jeebies." And there are solo spots for each of the Duchess ladies with "My Brooklyn Love Song" (Gardner), "A Doodlin' Song" (Cervini) and "Humming to Myself" (Stylianou). a blend of the vintage and the fresh, Duchess is a fizzing cocktail of an album.
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