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ANDREW DISTEL, It Only Takes Time

A mainstay on the Chicago jazz scene, trumpeter and vocalist Andrew Distel is one of those indie regional treasures whose multitude of powerhouse talents demands a wider audience. Though he swings and scats with joyful abandon, and surprises by singing Ivan Lins’ exquisite “Amor” in its original Portuguese, the singer is at his most expressive when he’s tapping into the deeper emotional graces of the beautifully arranged ballads. Ensembling with top flight jazz players like pianist Peter Martin and guitarist Dave Onderdonk, Distel’s eclectic set list includes a few familiar chestnuts amidst a batch of fresh outside choices and two originals which feature some of his coolest vocal swagger.