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Monday May 15, 2017

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Take Five: Bria Skonberg, Avishai Cohen, Diego Barber, Anat Cohen, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown
By: Nate Chinen

Bria Skonberg, ‘Whatever Lola Wants’

Not long ago, if you knew Bria Skonberg, you probably knew her as a charming trumpeter who made the occasional foray into singing. Her new release, With a Twist, inverts that ratio: It’s a jazz vocal album with a gloss of pop sophistication, drawing not only from Pops but also PĂ©rez Prado, among others. The album, due out on OKeh/Masterworks this Friday, features a top-flight rhythm section – pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Matt Wilson – along with arrangements by Gil Goldstein. (The producer is Matt Pierson.) ‘Whatever Lola Wants,’ which premieres here, strikes a balance of smoky ambience and come-hither panache, with a succinct but effective 16-bar trumpet solo.

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