Laila Biali: Your Requests
Laila Biali has an angelic voice and fine piano chops. Her rendition of “Autumn Leaves” is a quiet beauty. Her low-key singing leaves room for Kelly Jefferson to soar on his soprano saxophone. On “But Not For Me,” she maneuvers her way around the Brazilian rhythm with effortlessness. Her duet with Kurt Elling on “My Funny Valentine” is beautifully romantic. Your Requests is a lovely reinterpretation of jazz standards.