Wendy Pedersen & Jim Gasior: We Two

Simple ingredients of voice and piano work wonders here, as rich toned Wendy Pederson teams up cabaret leaning pianist Jim Gasior for clever renditions of standards. Pedersen sounds  playful on “The Late Late Show” and includes two of the best “You” songs here, “Exactly Like You” and “Everything But You” and make both attitudes sound convincing. Gasior broods lusciously on a ultra slow and undulating “Besame Mucho” and delivers a full fisted intro to a strident “Jitterbug Waltz.” Pedersen has a clear delivery of lyrics, bringing out syllables that are not noticeable by other artists, always a good sign. Reminiscent of the classic Torme’/Shearing duets a score of years ago.


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