Sachal Vasandani : Eyes Wide Open

Sachal Vasandani : Eyes Wide Open

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Sachal Vasandani's Mack Avenue debut release, Eyes Wide Open, showcases this uniquely gifted vocalist and songwriter. The New York Times tags him 'debonair" and critics describe the Thelonious Monk Institute Competition semi-finalist as "Red-hot... the finest young talent on the scene In addition, Vasandani's live performances have generated appreciation and praise from peers worldwide. Produced by John Clayton and Al Pryor
His eyes may be wide open, but handsome 28-year-old newcomer Sachal Vanandani strives for a sleepy-sexy allure with his dark, cushy vocals and seeming inability to break a sweat. If you're waiting for a male Norah Jones to come along, this pop-inflected Indian-American artist may come as close as you're going to get. He too, has a healthy appetite for generic sampling, mixing a Percy Mayfield blues, a Jobim bossa, a Sade confection, a Billy Strayhorn "Flower is a Lovesome Thing," and his own searching ballads. But Vanandani, whose urbane sophistication and Chicago roots link him to Kurt Elling, is a truer jazz artist than Jones, comfortably bonding with a swinging trio headed by pianist Jeb Patton (a young veteran of the Heath Brothers) and guest players including vibraphonist Stefon Harris and trumpeter Marcus Printup. He can scat, too, without overplaying that gambit. Eyes Wide Open, his third album following two self-released titles, gets a bit staid at times, but it exudes promise. --Lloyd Sachs

1. [4:36] Naked As We Came
2. [5:47] Please Mr. Ogilvy
3. [6:13] A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing
4. [5:03] Its Only Love That Gets You Through
5. [3:03] Storybook Fiction
6. [3:30] Strange Things Happening
7. [4:16] Send 'Em Up To Heaven
8. [6:25] I Could Have Told You
9. [3:59] I Was Just One More For You
10. [4:41] September In The Rain
11. [2:59] I Can't Give You Anything But Love
12. [5:37] You Won't Forget Me

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