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Rogers, Louise

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Possessing impressive pipes and a command of her considerable technique, Rogers weaves an engaging spell on Come Ready and See Me. Her clear, burnished tones, flawless intonation and inherent sense of swing inform original readings of compositions by vibist and Steps Ahead founder Mike Mainieri ("Islands"), tenor sax titan Jerry Bergonzi ("Conjunction"), Richard Whiting ("Louise") and the immortal team of Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern ("The Song Is You"). Her writing skills are showcased on the poignant original "Shadows of Yesterday." Elsewhere, she cleverly reinvents a piece from the classical repertoire (Richard Hundley's title track) and a traditional Celtic number ("Lass from the Low Country") and breathes new life into a poem by Nikki Giovanni ("Be My Baby"), turning it into a catchy jump 'n' jive blues number.  Far more than just another collection of jazz standards or jazzy interpretations of familiar pop tunes -- which seems to be in vogue these days with many singers -- Come Ready and See Me presents some startlingly original choices by this vocal talent deserving of wider recognition. -- Bill Milkowski, liner notes


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