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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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