Vocal Music Delights

Two new vocal recordings — one from a likely source, the other not — remind us that genuine vocal artistry brings delight not quite like anything else. The human voice, malleable and expressive and colorful, vibrates with genuine (and profound) feeling on “Close Up,” by Sara Serpa, the celebrated singer, known for her angelic tone, and on “Outside My Window,” by Jeff Denson, the celebrated instrumentalist, known for his fat tone — on the double bass! Both musicians surround themselves with stellar colleagues, and both seem to have intentions and concerns that transcend anything that could be written here. These are deep, beautiful recordings.

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