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Nina Sheldon has been playing jazz piano and singing for decades, so it is surprising that she waited this long to make her debut recording. She approaches both her piano playing and vocals with a sophisticated sense of swing, never opting to overplay her hand. Well accompanied by bassist John Menagon and drummer Bob Meyer, Sheldon chose a number of standards, engaging in delightful interplay with Menagon sans piano before the remaining instruments are added, throwing in some playful scat and understated bop on the keyboard. Her wistful interpretation of Detour Ahead" reveals a touch of hope, while Steve Swallow's instrumental Eiderdown" puts full focus on her piano chops. She's also very comfortable singing the Portuguese lyrics to Brazilian favorites like Insensatez" and Dindi." The late tenor sax great David "Fathead" Newman is a special guest on her cool take of Baby, Baby All the Time" and hip, bluesy setting of I'm Just a Lucky So and So."