• Jazz In Space review

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Singer and songwriter Rondi Charleston makes music that’s close to jazz nirvana. On her deliciously creamy “Who Know Where The Time Goes” (Motema Music) she mixes up atmospheric original tunes with refreshed standards both old and new (Jobim’s “Wave,” Wonder’s “Overjoyed”). Her own music is rife with passionate passages of optimism (inspired by a meaningful trip to Israel as related in the liner notes) and she embraces a charming confidence and joie de vivre. Her closest musical partner on the album is guitarist Dave Stryker, a soloist of pronounced musicality, and their arrangements allow plenty of space for indelible piano accompaniment by either Brandon McCune or Lynne Arriale. Highlights include a buoyant “I Hear Music” performed with bassist James Genus and drummer Clarence Penn that pops and clicks around Charleston’s playful swagger, while Percy Mayfield’s “Please Send Me Someone To Love” pumps with a bluesy, soulful heartbeat. Her voice has a wise, burnished patina that goes a long way in making this album accessible, which at times flirts with perfection. (12 tracks; 51:15 minutes)