ISN'T IT RICH?

JAZZ MUSICIANS ENLIVEN THE SONGS OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM

Broadway. the very word conjures up familiar images-descending helicopters, ascending cats, lines of embarrassingly exuberant dancers kicking up their legs and belting out endless choruses of catchy ditties. The word jazz evokes an aesthetic of a different sort-two-drink minimums, low-key cool, wandering saxophone solos that trail off into ecstasy. The new album Color and Light: Jazz Sketches on Sondheim brings the worlds of jazz and Broadway together, and the result is a sensuous, satisfying collection of songs. These interpretations are more intelligent and textured than the average Broadway show tune, yet they contain more melodiousness and amiability than one usually expects...

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