She's a Right Girl: The Essential Randy Graff on Disc

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01 Mar 2014

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"Doing Something Right: Randy Graff Sings Cy Coleman" (1996 solo album)

Randy Graff has only released one solo album to date, but it's a winner. Her 1996 collection of Cy Coleman songs was an excellent choice, as Coleman's jazzy music gives her the chance to swing and croon and roar, yet also tends to be written in collaboration with top theatre lyricists (Dorothy Fields and Carolyn Leigh make up most of the selections), and so Graff's masterful interpretive skills are gainfully employed. The results are particularly enjoyable on the bombastic opening track, "Hey There, Good Times" (where Graff blows the roof off whatever room you play it in), a tantalizingly slow waltz arrangement of of "Big Spender," a sweet, South American-styled "You Fascinate Me So," a jaunty "Pass Me By" that gives Peggy Lee a run for her money, and the inspired "Codependency Duet," hilariously pairing "Nobody Does It Like Me" from Seesaw with Graff's big number, "You Can Always Count On Me" from City of Angels to thrilling effect.

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